I spent some time in the subtropical part of South Africa (Tzaneen for those who Google) during the festive season. Where Ferns stand 7 to 15 feet tall and palm forests abound. Subtropical fruit and lazy afternoons mingle together...
This photo was taken of the cones of the Cycads, a South African species which is endangered. Cycads could easily be listed as one of the Big 5 in the "primitive" or fossil plant kingdom.
I found the converging straight lines and curving repetitive shapes quite fascinating - nature playing with art?
Thank you for visits and kind comments to a previous upload which did well in 2006:
Jan 2, 2007 2:55:38 pmby antong Homepage »
Lovely capture Piet! Yes, the converging leaves focuses on those bright cones and the contrast between the green leaves and orange cones is amazing.
These plants grow very slowly I believe. Apparently it grows something like a cm a year - I may stand corrected. Anyway, I have never seen a cone this big and colourful. Stunning!