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Cannonball 1 - Leaf Litter 1

By ChiliMan
Part 1 in a series of 4


I went to this park which has these big scaryass (but somewhat colourful) garden spiders sitting in the centre of webs spun between trees.

I originally went to this park to get some shots of the spiders.

I originally thought I'd be able to steel myself to get close enough. wrong was I???? TOTALLY wimped out.

Hey, I'm the ChiliMan, not Spider-man! (besides, I would look horrendous in tights...hahaha)


ANYWHO, all was not lost 'cos there was this cannonball tree with flowers on.

The cannonball tree has round brown fruit which look like cannonballs - hence its name. Its flowers are something else.

Big, colourful, flamboyant flowers strongly scented with a lovely perfume. If the cannonball flower were a singer, it'd be


What really caught me this time was the leaf litter. Utterly beautiful. Parts of the flower strewn about intermingling with the grass and fallen dried leaves.


I took this 90 degrees to the ground. None of the things in this shot was arranged. I took the shot as is.


This is the central part of the flower - in profile. Processing-wise, I increased shadow 10% and contrast by the same.

Do you think I should've removed the blade of grass?

Andrew Smile

Tags: Flower Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Cannonball tree Leaf litter Afternoon sun Flash and lighting

Voters: Rogerex, mommy2cutekids, nolongeramember and 45 more

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chase Plus
15 2.0k 514 England
16 Mar 2007 7:20PM
A very interesting flower,I do think you should have removed the grass as the colour takes away some of the focus from the subject,some will disagree I'm sure.
Looks very alien-like or something that would live in the Sea.
The_Collector 14 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 7:21PM
Great close up, wonderful light and detail.

Oh yeah nearly forgot.........wuss ;0P

16 Mar 2007 7:34PM
I think the heat has got to you Andrew! lol! No the grass should stay - it's the only thing I recognise. Great shot,

kitsch 15 439 4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 7:39PM
fair jumps out of the gallery at ya!

great close up, i might clone out the grass yes

jo :-0)
argh22 14 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 8:09PM
Woah!! The detail here is amazing! Brilliant!
beriah 14 1 Canada
16 Mar 2007 8:13PM
Kinda like the grass Andrew - the shadow looks like a black spider, which was what you were after at first. What an odd flower this is - at first I thought it was an underwater sea plant - quite amazing nature is! Great image!
Malc_V 14 England
16 Mar 2007 8:16PM
I think the blade of grass adds an interesting touch of colour.
Thats a wonderful looking thing Andrew, great light and detail.

Nice one.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 8:22PM
WOW!!! just like a sea creature and thanks for all the did make me smile! Superb detail and so different.
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 8:38PM
This stood out in thumbnail Andrew, good detail and colour.
DolphinLady 14 54 1 Wales
16 Mar 2007 8:46PM
I like the grass Andrew, just adds something extra to an already great shot.
From the thumbnail, I thought you'd gone underwater for this shot.
So much detail here, & I love the light & shadow effect.
Spiders next week???
Rachy1821 14 3 England
16 Mar 2007 8:53PM
Stunning detail very interesting image love it!!

Paree 15 616 3
16 Mar 2007 8:53PM
this is a wonderful shot and the grass should stay what a lot of old hippies we all are.

and whats this then Andrew

Hey, I'm the ChiliMan, not Spider-man! (besides, I would look horrendous in tights...hahaha)
does this mean we can expect your next upload to be you in these tights ? lol
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
16 Mar 2007 9:04PM
Hi Andrew,
I'd have cloned the grass out Andrew,1 to get rid of the spider like shadow and 2 because i don't feel it belongs there but i'm probably in the minority.
Fantastic image,i love that canonball thingy.Take care.AnnWink
BlueRoom 14 73 20 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 9:56PM
What an extraordinary shape that is, and what an interesting picture.
I might have taken out the grass, but then I might have popped an eyeball on the end of each of those stalks, so I might not be the right one to ask :0)

Malc_V 14 England
16 Mar 2007 10:23PM
Just love Erics comment.

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 10:38PM
Excellent close-up.

16 Mar 2007 10:41PM
Superb detail in this nice close-up shot.I like the green twig. Nice color counter-balance.

Possum Plus
14 148 England
16 Mar 2007 10:56PM
Woah, you show us a whole other world with some of these shots! What an amazing tree this must be. Love this shot (but would have removed the grass - a bit distracting). Who needs abstracts with this kind of natural gem?
didgpix 14
16 Mar 2007 11:09PM
This is a fantastic 'thingy'...want one....
Superb close up, and oh so interesting. Thanks for all the info, I appreciate it.
More shots of these natural wonders....please.
liparig 16 233 United States
16 Mar 2007 11:31PM
great shot well done
ElmsArt 14 82 1 Scotland
16 Mar 2007 11:51PM
Beautiful example of natures own abstracts. Think I would take the grass out. I love the picture and the presentation.
User_Removed 17 16 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 11:55PM
Andrew, what does that thing eat?

you've created a interesting abstract from this beautifully shaped creature...

BigK 15 8
17 Mar 2007 12:29AM
Looks scarier than a spider to me - very imaginative.

trissie 14 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 12:33AM
An unusual and interesting image Andrew, the info made me laugh. Wonderful light and superb detail.
Pleased to be 30.

Trish x
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
17 Mar 2007 2:01AM
First-- I like the grass-- the image uses the green as a contrast to the sombre shades of tan

2-- This is some flower-- totally usual shape and form-- textures and details are Excellent, as is the comp.

3-- Someday i will wish to see those big spiders! LOL!

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 6:39AM
wow, what an awesome image, superb work Andrew, totally envious
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 10:53AM
Absolutely superb image... love the textures/lighting in this and the detail is awesome, I feel the blade of grass left in is just right because it shows this wonderful 'thingy' in its natural environment... great shot.
Karen Smile
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
17 Mar 2007 11:37AM
Grass in or out it's an outstanding shot...and what an incredible flower. I've never seen anything quite like it. Where do you live? Obviously not in Maine, we're having a blizzard todaySmile
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
17 Mar 2007 6:02PM
Thanks for all the feedback and fantastic and interesting comments, all!!! So cool Smile


Joline: I'm from Singapore...about 10,000 miles from Maine, I reckon Smile

Maureen: An upload of me in tights? You kidding me???'m not THAT cruel Wink


Right-O...and now for that blade of grass...LOL. It seems quite divided whether or not it should be there...and I'll tell you why I left it there.

You see, without the grass, the whole picture seemed to be filled with pretty much the same tones (as Jennn felt too). And to me it looked like a shot which had been 'toned' to look like that. And so I left the grass in to show that indeed nothing had been done to the pic in terms of toning.

You're all asleep now, aren't you?

Fine, BE like that. I'll just GO then...

...*Andrew stomping off exaggeratedly*

LisaRose 14 172 4 United States
17 Mar 2007 6:09PM
Love this interesting shot, I like the green to give it more balance of color.

17 Mar 2007 7:01PM
I like the shadow on the grass - so yes, it should stay.
17 Mar 2007 10:07PM
This is so unusal but full of art in nature

superb shot.!!!

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
18 Mar 2007 12:11AM
Where is singaphore?
18 Mar 2007 3:29AM
Missed voting for this, nice one. Smile
ESP 14 26 England
18 Mar 2007 1:59PM
Superb shot...grass or no grass !!!

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
18 Mar 2007 3:21PM
good detail and colour.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 14 Wales
18 Mar 2007 4:35PM
Excellent tones and detail Andrew.You would look out of place in tights my friend lol.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
18 Mar 2007 11:13PM
A terrific detailed close up shot Andrew
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
19 Mar 2007 10:02AM
Thanks so much, everyone Smile

And well-put point with the color counter balance, Kent.

Andrew Smile
AlanBW 14 20 England
19 Mar 2007 2:00PM
Very unusual subject, great detail
shortski 14 3 1 England
19 Mar 2007 7:01PM
glad you took this shot and not spiders, i hate spiders and would never have opened your pf again!!!! Great shot of a weird looking flower...jojo
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
23 Mar 2007 10:27AM
Love the shape and detail in this Andrew.
Grass is fine.

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
27 Mar 2007 10:26AM
Fascinating flower. I would have cloned out the grass as I feel it takes away some of the sense of mystery. Not much help, are we Andrew? You are not going to please everyone, so just do what YOU think is right.
Josh94 14
26 May 2007 8:01AM
I like the spikey bits on this plant very nice colour and hope u get more votes.

p.s. thanks for the toy.


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