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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:
January 2, 2007
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Jan 2, 2007 1:27:32 pm
What a strange looking plants ! I think you've captured them very well.

by iaacf Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 1:29:03 pm
wtg piet look like huge pine cones great image well done

and a happy new year to you and your family

by kelvinhughes Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 1:33:24 pm
oh yes, excellent picture of this plant, and they look like the pine !!! Excellent and for this history :) hugs

by Valerie-Ducom Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 1:38:14 pm
Very interesting...

by lizzibell Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 1:40:50 pm
Very interesting photos. I love the color of the cones and a great compo on a lower shot.I have this plant in a small version, never had a cone on it.

by babuci Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 1:49:13 pm
WOW!!! What a lovely couple! Shots and cones! lol. Excellently presented too. I'm sure you had a great time in Tzaneen - was it as hot as Tzaneen can get this time of year? Have a wonderful eve, Oom! 8;o)

by st_fish Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 1:53:41 pm
The colors are terrific. Great shot as well.
Glad you got to capture these while they are still here.
Aloha and have a great 2007.

by thevolunteer Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 1:56:20 pm
Lush and beautiful. Looks so warm and balmy there too! Excellent shots Piet!

by 1010 Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 2:05:53 pm
Wow these are freaking amazing. I think it's something when I find a pine cone 12inches long LoL. What makes this endangered? Maybe I should googled them..LoL..Thanks for sharing Piet:0)bonita

by drag Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 2:11:07 pm
Sublime captures, Oom Piet. Very beautiful colours here and it looks so warm!! I am sorry this superb plant is endangered. Hugs. Di.

by rainbows Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 2:23:17 pm
Great presentation and two beautiful pictures! Well done!

by natalieb Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 2:26:01 pm
Absolutely most beautiful shot!*****!

by Sekadhar Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 2:33:57 pm
Beautiful, I like artsy! :) And I love plants more than animals... (don't throw tomatoes at me lol) Wonderful photos! Hope you took pictures of the very tall ferns too ;) Liked the history also, thank you.

by louly Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 2:46:55 pm

Dyptic very interesting and extremely well worked! Thank you for your comments which touch me!

by Janiss Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 2:55:38 pm
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!

by antong Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 3:00:07 pm
Beautiful capture...this is something I don't get to see everyday unless watching t.v., thank you for sharing...

by shahlaa Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 3:10:52 pm
super Photo`s!

by Petra-S Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 3:39:33 pm
How fascinating! And you did an excellent job of showing this to its best form. Lovely and, yes, I can see the primative plant nature of it. Wonderul!

by MrsLubner Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 3:56:48 pm
ohhh hello Piet I love them;-)beauty shots to show us - thanx looks tasty ;)

by wildgoha Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 4:12:57 pm
Tropical beauties.... Excellent.. Aloha

by sharky_ Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 4:21:43 pm
I love the whimsical and very appropriate title. As usual the photography and presentation are superb.

by meico Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 4:37:41 pm
Very interesting shot Piet, I've never seen this fruit before. The Tropical plants are incredible, so rich and usually so good too ;o))))) Have a nice night my friend. Hugs

by nathalie06 Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 4:55:55 pm
Lovely work Piet, nature does show us how to do things in style so well. I love the colours and the contrast of lines and curves. Well composed my friend. Jenny

by Boofy Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 5:42:32 pm
beautiful, impressive, fractal design within nature... great photo!

by zoren Homepage »

Jan 2, 2007 5:49:32 pm
Woah - brilliant images and equally luscious colors. Great detail, too! It doesn't have to be a big animal - sometimes plants are as amazing as them.
Compared to that is what we call art - well - not quite up to it...
Great Work, Piet.

by kjpweb Homepage »


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