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Good morning....
A special thanks to Lynnette (Lynniesefforts), Isabel (Chinga) and Fred263 for their UA's, much appreciated and to everyone for their continued support...
The term Xenophite.... refers to a plant species that has evolved over time to adapt to dry desert like regions. They have learnt to store water in their leaves. Here are a few examples from the Namib desert
I begin Shadow Saturday with Aloe asperifolia. Its Cape Dutch name is "kraalaalwyn", and reflects the peculiarity in the way the plant grows...ie: in a circular arrangement reminiscent of the traditional circular arrangement of houses in native villages. They are also called "heksekringe" (with rings) ... the German name for the fairy rings of mushrooms in Northern Europe.
They were very hard to capture in the bright sunlight with white rocks and sand and deep shadows.
V2 another Aloe
V3 Flowering aloe
V4 The dollar plant, so called because the leaves are the size of dollar coins, the leaves if picked and squeezed are full of water, animals thrive on these
V5 A tiny mauve grass flower the size of my pinkie nail (not the sharpest image)
V6 A succulent
V7 showing a close up of its water laden leaves
V8 A variety of grass
V9 A flowering bush
V10 a baby tree
V11 a stick like plant, its sap is highly poisonous, even to us if we touch it. Could not find an ID
V12 another desert plant showing you how small some of the plants are and the reason why they do not want people to walk around as they are so easy to stand on.
Apologies for the big upload, but I have so much to show you....
Have a nice Saturday....

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Date Taken:23 Feb 2014 - 3:23 PM
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Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
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ISO:100
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Title:Xerophites....survival in the desert
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:8 Mar 2014 - 3:47 AM
Tags:Aloe, Flowers & plants, Namib desert, Namibia
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Cookie_Monster
Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 4:03 AM

Superb series and I think you are not even done uploading all images!
Love V3! Grin

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 4:42 AM

A lovely set.

fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 5:00 AM

V5 for me please Colleen. Your set is totally beautiful! I get up especially early to see what your latest is! Regards Martin.

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
8 Mar 2014 - 6:09 AM

A lovely set of hardy desert plants well captured. V1 is my pic with lovely light shadow and texture.
Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 6:14 AM

V1, 4, 6, 10 are my favourites, but the whole set is fabulous. I love it.

marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 6:14 AM

Another superb and interesting set Colleen, I'm sorry I haven't kept up with your images and thank you for your continued support!

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 6:19 AM

It's amazing what will grow in such an arid place, Colleen, I love V.5, so dainty and standing proud. Carol

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
8 Mar 2014 - 6:42 AM

A great set showing how the plants adapt to harsh conditions

Peter

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 8:10 AM

Great set Colleen, but has to be the
lovely crisp shot in V7 for me makes
you wonder how they survive in the sand
Lillian

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
8 Mar 2014 - 8:11 AM

Super images Colleen, V3, V5 and V9 my favourites,
Fred.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 - 8:27 AM

Wonderfully varied botanical set, Colleen.

P.

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2184 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 8:29 AM

A brilliant set Colleen with lovely detail and colourSmile
NettaSmile

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 9:20 AM

Amazing how they survive but such a treat to see the in their natural habitat. Will be back later for another look when I have more time!!
Joan.

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
8 Mar 2014 - 9:21 AM

A wonderful set Colleen, with such variety and colour. Amazing what can grow in the most unfriendly surrounds.

Lynette Grin

AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2109 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 9:26 AM

You deserve an award for all of the information alone, such a varied set of interesting plants. I love the texture 6,7 and10 particularly.

Anne

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6534 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 9:38 AM

A great set of images, its a very close call but I think you made the right choice with the lead image. - gary

digital_boi
8 Mar 2014 - 9:42 AM

good documentary work here Colleen

jdinne
jdinne  11 England
8 Mar 2014 - 9:48 AM

Excellent set Colleen and V5 for me is superb.

John

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 9:50 AM

Wonderful Colleen, an excellent set of images.

Dave.

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 9:54 AM

Can't go through them at present because of power problems but will return when they turn the voltage up!
V1 is excellent.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 10:00 AM

A great set of plant images ColleenSmile

Cliff

brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 - 10:00 AM

Lovely Colleen,if i had to pick a favourite,it would be V9,but that is a very close run thing.I love the desert flora and marvel at their survival.
Martyn.

zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 10:29 AM

Great set Colleen. Nice to see them in natural habitat. I used to have a big collection of cacti so its nice to see this.
ant.

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 10:43 AM

Survival, botanic style Colleen.
Ron

viscostatic
8 Mar 2014 - 11:34 AM

Amazing plants and great images Colleen. I particularly like the tree in V10.

Phil.

brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 11:42 AM

Super hardy desert plants & great set of images Colleen

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 11:48 AM

A great set
torn between 1 and 11

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 11:49 AM


Quote: Amazing plants and great images Colleen. I particularly like the tree in V10.

Phil.

Thanks Phil, the tree was only knee high...Grin

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
8 Mar 2014 - 12:14 PM

Love this set. Well presented

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 12:19 PM

Wonderful set Colleen. Amazing pictures of amazing plants.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 1:05 PM

So that's the word! I asked myself how the plants and trees survived in Australia.
Thank you for all the information Colleen and wide variety of plants in your images.
I do think V1 is the best to lead in with but all of the images are interesting.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 1:06 PM

they are all super images


billy

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 1:06 PM

V1-- The plants have arranged themselves into an attractive garden-- NICE SIGHTING!

781969
781969  1 India
8 Mar 2014 - 1:13 PM

You have very good knowledge of plants,lovely capture.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 1:59 PM


Quote: V1-- The plants have arranged themselves into an attractive garden-- NICE SIGHTING!

Yes Jenn that's how they grow...in a circle hence the different names it has in Dutch and German

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 2:15 PM

All are so gorgeous, really fantastic close ups and the one of the lovely pink flowers are just so lovely, V5 is my favourite. GrinGrinGrin

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 2:48 PM

A fine selection of the plant life Colleen.
Good set.
Mick.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 3:16 PM

When I first looked at the thumbnail image of V1, I thought it was a big hairy caterpillar!! Grin A lovely and varied collection of images here, Colleen, and I think it's always interesting to read about what we're looking at Smile
Trev Smile

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 3:34 PM

A really fantastic desert wildlife (photo) lesson! Great information ( both text & images)! Seems that the Namib desert isn't so arid like others, it has some fabulous forms of life!
A great idea for sharing that with us. Thank you!
Silviu

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 3:40 PM

A little clarification: they call Xerophyte plants (from Greek xeros dry, phuton plant)
Silviu

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 - 4:11 PM

Wonderful set and great info Colleen. Nature is wonderful how it adapts to conditions.
Brian

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 4:18 PM


Quote: A little clarification: they call Xerophyte plants (from Greek xeros dry, phuton plant)
Silviu

Thanks Silviu, you really are a fountain of knowledge ....very interesting thank youGrin

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
8 Mar 2014 - 4:39 PM

Beautiful desert images , Colleen! --- V1 and V2 are somethiong special in this excellent set of images ! --- Jukka.

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43917 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 4:39 PM

Blimey, Colleen...what a set. Absolutely impossible to choose a favourite. Makes our marigolds and pansies seem a bit tame all this lot!

Malc

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 5:26 PM

A great set Colleen, I cant choose a faveGrinGrin
Diane

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 5:37 PM

Fab set Colleen. V3 for me I think GrinGrin

Kathryn

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 - 6:03 PM

Lovely interesting setSmile

Eileen

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 6:51 PM

Superb set Colleen GrinGrinGrin

Ali

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2014 - 7:11 PM

A fine & interesting set
Ju

kfrances
8 Mar 2014 - 8:42 PM

Very lovely sets, V1 and 2 for me....Kathleen

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 - 8:48 PM

Stunning images, Colleen. Perfectly presented images of plants/vegetation which have adapted to survive in Namib desert.

Fred

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 - 9:32 PM

Great set, wonderful photography as always Colleen.

Jenny Smile

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 - 10:58 PM

Fantastic set Colleen. Love the write up. Cathy

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:47 AM

Great set Colleen, I'm guessing you got rather warm while taking them Smile

John Smile

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 9:50 AM

V1, V3, V5 and V10 are favorites! Stunning wild babies on show! GrinGrin
IB

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 10:08 AM


Quote: Great set Colleen, I'm guessing you got rather warm while taking them Smile

John Smile

It was always nice getting back into the aircon in the vehicleGrin

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 1:58 PM

Most likely the kill took place inside the bush, we could hear the cry only.

A lovely set of desert flora.

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 2:55 PM

Super set of images. Because of the detail and colour, V6 is my winnerGrin
Ryan

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41050 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 2:20 PM

Very nicely captured, Colleen, a fine set of desert flora.

Dave

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 8:43 PM

What a wonderful and varied set of images showing us the great diversity of species of different plants that grow in the desert.

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101475 forum postsdark_lord vcard England130 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2014 - 7:14 PM

A nice selection of images documenting the flora in this extreme ecosystem.

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