February 17, 2018
My botanist husband said no when I asked if these were palm leaves. No, he said patiently, these are cycad leaves. So I Googled to see if cycads and palms are closely related. No dice. But at least I’m not way off base in thinking they may be. Here’s the sentence from Wikipedia’s Cycad page that felt forgiving: “Because of their superficial resemblance, they are sometimes mistaken for palms or ferns, but they are not closely related to either group.”
February 14, 2018
This sabal palm leaf was floating in the water of Clay Gully, a tributary of the Myakka River. A polarizing filter on the camera lens and a little tweaking with Color Efex Pro in processing darkened the water and added to the leaf’s glow, which was substantial enough in the first place to draw attention.
February 13, 2018
February 12, 2018
February 10, 2018
February 8, 2018
There may not be anything that senesces as beautifully as palm leaves. As they lose their life, they acquire a sinuousness that they did not have on the tree. And before they become crumbly, some almost glow. Here’s the first of four photographs of palm leaves I took at Sleeping Turtles recently.
April 22, 2014
Here’s another photograph taken at the Sarasota Garden Club with intentional camera movement. I think it’s of flowers.
April 21, 2014
I like this version of the mystery tree at the Sarasota Garden Club (also with intentional camera movement) second best. I think this one looks better not surrounded by black. Click on the image to look at it on white (on two sides, at least), and see if you agree.
April 20, 2014
I didn’t notice the name of this tree at the Sarasota Garden Club. I should have. I took a bazillion pictures of its leaves, but I like this one with intentional camera movement best.
April 19, 2014
On January 26 Janet and I went up to the Sarasota Garden Club to photograph in their gardens and the surrounding area. Photographers far better and more famous than I (just Google “agave Weston,” “agave Ansel Adams,” “agave Eliot Porter,” etc.) have photographed the agave plant, and I was tempted to pass it up. In the end the temptation to photograph it won out. At the risk of overpopulating the world with agave photographs, here’s one of mine.