Agave attenuata 2013

Agave attenuata 2013

In May 2011, I made this Agave attenuata image with a corresponding article; today the winter weather was brilliant and ideal for some digital photography! I photographed this Agave attenuata 2013 also in my garden in Noordhoek, South Africa, but in a different spot. Meanwhile, I have tons of these stunning plants, however, I have no clue what makes them explode! It’s a real spectacle and one can watch the process over time.

 

Agave attenuata 2013 by Bianca Gubalke Photography

 

Agave attenuata 2013

Today’s agave attenuata 2013 image I took with my Fuji X E-1 and the amount of detail is staggering! While I’m still struggling tremendously to really ‘see sharp’ (versus C sharp, the earth’s own tone, that I play quite often as it is so calming…), I think here I got it right. I see it better in black & white; the original colours are a very pale cream yellow.

I took the picture when the sun was coming up; hardly anything was in full light. The flowers only started to bloom; most of them are still closed. They start from the bottom and then rise towards the tip of what is aptly called “swan’s neck” or also “lion’s tail”.

Sadly, the motherplant will die after her weeks of glory, but at the base of her stem are already the baby suckers that will take over, so to speak. Of course, I may transplant them to other places in the garden, but for the time being I just enjoy another of Nature’s splendid displays!