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Good morning....
thank you for your kind votes and comments on yesterdays desert images and especially to Billy (wiliamsloane) for his UA, much appreciated
Peter asked yesterday if I got any images of the plant life in the desert.....the answer is yes, today I start off with the most famous of them....
This plant is one of the few things on earth that can truly be called one of a kind. It consists of two leaves and a stem base with roots that go down about a metre into the soil. The middle stem of the plant is as hard as tree bark. Both leaves grow from opposite sides of the stem and will continue to grow and never drops and instead gets brown by the sun on the edges and become torn by the wind which eventually makes it look as if it has many narrow leaves. The stem gets thicker rather than higher although it can grow up to six feet in length. At the age of 20, cone-like flowers appear. The female plant produces up to 100 flowers in a season, while the male plant produces an abundance of pollen. Its lifespan is estimated to reach 2000 years. The plant is considered a living fossil. You will notice a colourful bug on the right side on one of the flowers, more about them later.
V2 the full picture ...this plant is over 1000 years old
V3 the male flower
V4 to show you how it starts off with 2 wide leaves.
V5 shows how thick the leaves are, they are hard as leather and no animal can bite into it at all.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Feb 2014 - 4:32 PM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Welwitschia mirabilis
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:28 Feb 2014 - 5:53 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Namib desert, Welwitschia, Wildlife / nature
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43282 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:06 AM

Wonderful images Colleen. The buds look like legless woodlice...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:09 AM

What a very strange plant, Colleen, and a most informative write-up. I love Nathan's description of the flowers, I immediately thought of something else, but won't say what Wink Carol

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:14 AM

Well we learn something every day.
Never seen or heard of this plant before.
Great pictures and write-up, Colleen.

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:32 AM

Just remarkable, what an amazing World we live on. Great shots, informative write-up and any day I learn something new is a good day so thank you Colleen.

Andy

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
28 Feb 2014 - 6:39 AM


Quote: Well we learn something every day. --- I agree in everything! - Never seen before. - Very good photography , Colleen! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
Never seen or heard of this plant before.
Great pictures and write-up, Colleen.

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:48 AM

Absolutely fascinating, the images and the write up.

Caziwinkles
28 Feb 2014 - 6:49 AM

Super write up Colleen - we certainly live and learn on here!
I think I might be on the same wavelength as Carol above! Wink

Carol

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:00 AM

wonderful detail and textures colleen brilliant colour and light v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:28 AM

Pink legless woodlice and they also remind me of a sweet I use to enjoy as a child before I became Diabetic but I can't think what they were called.

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:38 AM

Whoah.....how amazing
Isn't it wonderful how nature adapts to the environment
It seems that humans are the only ones to adapt their environment to suit themselves
Can't wait for your other finds whilst you were away

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:41 AM

What a fascinating narrative about this desert plant and it's life cycle: and the various stages so well documented in these interesting set, Colleen.
R.

fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:42 AM

The old "kanniedood" plant. Absolutely super shots, but I prefer v5, as this shows both the leaves and fruit in more close-up detail. Regards Martin

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2189 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:45 AM

Very interesting Colleen,great set of images with lovely colours and detailSmile
NettaSmile

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:48 AM

What a interesting plant Colleen, a great set of images with a great write upSmile


Cliff

781969
781969  1 India
28 Feb 2014 - 7:58 AM

Beautiful exposure and capture.

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
28 Feb 2014 - 8:08 AM

Interesting Colleen, a fine set of images,
Fred.

viscostatic
28 Feb 2014 - 8:26 AM

Amazing information Colleen and beautiful images too.

Phil.

Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 8:44 AM

Simply wonderful work.

Rock

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
28 Feb 2014 - 9:17 AM

Amazing plant and excellent photography. I certainly learn a lot from ephoto. Great write-up and fascinating information about a plant that I had never heard of before, let alone see. I am looking forward to seeing more from Namibia.

Maureen

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 9:28 AM

Excellent narrative to accompany your pictures of this amazing plant Colleen.
Peter.

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 - 9:37 AM

Superb set of images of a unique plant, Colleen. Excellent narrative.

Fred

debu
debu  4 India
28 Feb 2014 - 9:47 AM

Beautiful images.
debu

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:12 AM

I knew about this extraordinary form of life, and its age, but I never seen images ( only paintings). A great set of pictures and a very good information too!
Silviu

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:14 AM


Quote: Wonderful images Colleen. The buds look like legless woodlice...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

My sentiments exactly

Tish

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6538 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:33 AM

Very interesting images and information, its amazing how anything can grow in those conditions. - gary

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:36 AM

Really interesting shots & write up.
Ju

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:40 AM

Utterly fascinating Colleen - if you didn't go on a guided tour I guess you wouldn't learn
so much about wildlife. isn't nature amazing?
Excellent images showing the plant in all it's phases.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2194 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:47 AM


Quote: Utterly fascinating Colleen - if you didn't go on a guided tour I guess you wouldn't learn
so much about wildlife. isn't nature amazing?
Excellent images showing the plant in all it's phases.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

No one is allowed into the desert alone, it's barren, very scary and one would never find your way out again, but I agree a local guide is always handy when one needs to learn about the area....

digital_boi
28 Feb 2014 - 12:01 PM

a good documentary set here Colleen with a fine informative narrative good work

Graham

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 12:14 PM

Gorgeous set Colleen, I havent seen or heard of these plants, great write up and V1 and V3 are my favs. Best wishes Patty SmileSmileSmile

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 1:08 PM

A first sight of these plants for me Colleen !!
Interesting set.
Good shots.
Mick.

kfrances
28 Feb 2014 - 2:23 PM

Wonderful sets, I favor V1, nice story also.

brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 2:30 PM

Great set of images with an interesting narrative ColleenGrin

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 2:54 PM

It really is educational on this site! A wonderful set of this unusual plant, Colleen, and an interesting write-up, too Wink
Trev Smile

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 2:59 PM

What an amazing plant Colleen, great images,

Ali GrinGrin

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 5:54 PM

Bonus for the write up that makes it so beautiful

lblythe
lblythe e2 Member 1lblythe vcard United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 - 5:58 PM

It's an education Colleen. Fascinating stuff.
L

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 - 6:01 PM

Nice interesting images

Eileen

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 283 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:12 PM

A fantastic set of images on a theme, Colleen, just luv v1, a real stand out image, a cracking piece of work.
Well done,
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile x

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 - 6:18 PM

What wonderful flowers, Colleen.

P.

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:22 PM


Quote: Just remarkable, what an amazing World we live on. Great shots, informative write-up and any day I learn something new is a good day so thank you Colleen.

Andy

Have to agree with andy here, and everyone else. Excellent work Colleen.

Dave.

evelen
evelen  9 England
28 Feb 2014 - 6:27 PM

great capture lovely plant , I have just noticed colleen you live in south Africa . we lived there 40 years ago for 4years a lovely place we travelled to a lot of places I still think about it .
eve.SmileSmile

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:51 PM

A beautiful way to have a nature lesson Colleen and superb photography as well.
Joan.

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101480 forum postsdark_lord vcard England131 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:11 PM

Very interesting, and amazing how the plant has evolved and adapted for the desert environment. Informative images.
From a purely photographic point of view a slight crop for V1 would make it bolder as there's little interesting detail in the right fifth of the frame.

Keith

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
28 Feb 2014 - 7:16 PM

What an interesting plant

Peter

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2194 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:17 PM


Quote: Very interesting, and amazing how the plant has evolved and adapted for the desert environment. Informative images.
From a purely photographic point of view a slight crop for V1 would make it bolder as there's little interesting detail in the right fifth of the frame.

Keith

I totally agree...I have so many images of these plants, decided to upload this wider shot to show that the plant has a lot more flowers than the ones on the left....more close ups tomorrow with bugs....GrinGrinGrin

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7125 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:31 PM

I never knew these existed Colleen until now, i am amazed at how old they can grow too. Great set of shots, and interesting narrative

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:48 PM

a very informative and well taken set super



billy

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 - 8:42 PM

V1 and V4 are favorites.... Beautiful plant... IB

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 - 10:05 PM

Really interesting Colleen. Love V1. Super set. Cathy

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:06 PM

Great images and great info too. A 1000 year old plant! That is quite astonishing!Grin
Ryan

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:19 PM

Beautiful images, Colleen!
Regards,
George

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
1 Mar 2014 - 6:43 AM

So very, very interesting Colleen. It is amazing what can grow where it looks as if nothing could!!

Fantastic set, which was so terrifically enhanced by the narrative.

Lynette Grin

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
3 Mar 2014 - 12:58 AM

Amazing set with lovely narration.

ubaruch
ubaruch e2 Member 1ubaruch vcard Israel
4 Mar 2014 - 5:12 AM

Beautiful capture; interesting explanantion.

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