Old man cactus by goodoleboy ()
Captured 8/8/2009 at the beautiful Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens in beautiful San Marino, California.
The old man cactus [Cephalocereus senilis] is found in subtropical and tropical Mexico. It adds blue green color to Mexican seashores and mountains. It's a steady growing cactus that slowly reaches an adult height of 50 feet/15 meters within its 200+ year life span. That's in the wild. But in cultivation, they rarely get any taller than 3 feet/90 centimeters. The cactus is known for its long, silky spines that may provide a beard like cover to the upper stem. It also is known for its beautiful, yellow, white or pink blossoms that flower briefly at night. But an audience has to wait until the cactus is at least 20 years old before seeing such a spectacular night show of color and smell.
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Another of your cactus shots which appear to have light all around them. The prickly feelers on this "old man" are lit from behind and all around, like a halo. And you've caught it with that big aloe-like plant in the background, where its deep greens help set-off the cactus beautifully. The light in this shot is bleached, intense and beautiful---perfect for a cactus shot, as it evokes the desert. A bristling scintillating shot.