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One of Val's abundant cactii. I thought I'd better catch it before everything fell off. This one sits on the tiled fire surround and drapes without interference. The other is on a stand I turned last year, specifically for the purpose of allowing them to drape; which is V2.
I'll have to turn another stand Smile
V2 was taken using aperture priority, not manual, as the 1st was.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:28.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Date Taken:19 Nov 2012 - 3:18 PM
Focal Length:38mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.9
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
Title:Chrismas Cactus
Username:strokebloke strokebloke
Uploaded:19 Nov 2012 - 5:54 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Flowers & plants. Christmas Cactii
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19 Nov 2012 - 5:59 PM

Hi Jack,
Those are quite impressive cacti.
Chloe's got one that she brought home from somewhere about six years ago. It flowered that Christmas but hasn't done so since!
Perhaps I should talk to it.


Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 19 Nov 2012 - 6:00 PM

Well I'm no botanist Bren. You could try pouring alcohol into it. Humans seem to flower magnificently when it's done to them
Val's the one with green fingers.
She was recent told by one of my picture frame customers that apparently these plants don't appreciate being moved.
When he had gone, she said that she quite often moves these two around during the year, so maybe he's right and these two are abnormal, or my customer is talking out of his hat.
She has a delicate way with words, my wife. GrinGrin

I bet someone on here will tell you how to stir them up.


i like christmas flowers mum got some like v 2 great photo. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

19 Nov 2012 - 7:51 PM

they hang well on your well turned stand Jack its a fine plant love the colour well captured V2 for me

Graham Grin

19 Nov 2012 - 8:12 PM

I've no idea Jack.
It never gets moved, except when I dust the bookcase each leap year.
It's healthy and growing well enough. It just doesn't flower.


A beautiful cactus well photographed.
A little tip for the future - put a cloth or a piece of a fabric of some kind over the white item which you've used to raise the height
to window level. Just drape it casually and it should make a better image.
Try some more images while it's blooming -they don't last long.

pamelajean Critique Team 9941 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1763 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 6:41 PM

I find V2 the most pleasing, Jack, and love your little turned stand. Not only does the flowering cactus have more detail, but the angle is different and the trailing effect more evident.
The contrast between your dark and light in the background is worth thinking about. Perhaps the tones could be less contrasty, preferably about the same?
I've just bought a beautiful carved wooden fruit bowl, just what I've been looking for, and thought of you.

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