Wordless Wednesday: 12/03/2014, Aloe arborescens

Today was a spectacular beach day and we arrived to a spectacular sight:

Aloe arborescens blooming at Jaycee Beach!

Aloe arborescens blooming at Jaycee Beach

A. aborescens (aka Torch Aloe) is one of the most widely cultivated aloes in the world.  As a prized fall-to-winter bloomer, it is found growing from mountains on high to sea level below.  The coral-red flowers hang tightly on unbranched inflorescences that rise 2 feet above the foliage in early winter

Torch Aloe is hardy to approximately 22F and requires no irrigation. Salt and drought tolerance make it a perfect succulent shrub for seaside locations

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

This week’s challenge asks us to share a “minimalist” image, one with “a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer.”

That’s a tall order!

Here are two shots from last February and (hopefully!) they hit the mark.

minimalist at the beach

After a few minutes, the ladies above joined their friend in the water:

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Photography is a funny thing: I was aiming for Maggie on her paddleboard (teeny-tiny figure back/center of first photo; nearly off frame in the second) but the three women became the focal point instead!

Sometimes the subject you shoot isn’t the subject you get, but I think it worked out perfectly for this challenge!

Until next time…

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Wordless Wednesday: January 29, 2014

Monday was a glorious beach day,

Jaycee Beach Boardwalk Steps, Vero Beach, 1/27/14

and the Aloe arborescens looked especially splendid:

Aloe Arborescens, Jaycee Beach, 1/27/14

To put these images in context, I pulled back a bit for the next shot. (Note ➡ clicking the photo gives you a bigger version.)

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To learn more about A. arborescens, read  my post from 11/24/13.

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