Monday, August 17, 2009

Agave Spiral

As some of you may remember, my favorite cacti is agave. I took this photo to capture the spiral effect of this green and white agave.

Agaves are stemless plants, but they have lots of long, fleshy leaves. Leaves can be 3 to 6 feet in length.

I like the way Agave look. They look like a rosette. Some are very statuesque.

The slightest raindrops will slide down the long leaves to the center of the plant. The slightest bit of water slides so quickly it plays tricks on your eyes as to what you just saw.

The soft glow of sunset makes the tiny agave spines stand out as they are located all along the leaf. The tip of each long leaf is spiked also and it is a strong spike so avoid it. Some people take scissors and cut the tips off of the spike at the end of a leaf, but we do not do that. It changes the look too much.

Most agave only flower once in their life and then they die. Agave flower usually between ten and 25 years old. I lost two big blue agaves in the past two years after they flowered. The main stalk grows from the center like Jack in the Beanstalk. The flowers and process lasts a while and is quite pretty to watch and to photograph.

12 comments:

B SQUARED said...

The have some other wonderful uses as well.

Kate said...

It's a great close-up, and B Squared is correct. Incidentally,
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Sharon said...

Art...created by nature.

m_m said...

Interesting idea!

Cezar and Léia said...

This pic is so interesting! And it's also surprising to learn about such a plant that flowers only once in a lifetime! Its flowering must be precious!
God bless you!
Cezar

Memphis MOJO said...

It's amazing how different life forms adapt to harsh conditions. Blooming once during a lifetime must have some benefit that we don't know about.

Anyway, great shot.

Don and Krise said...

So many plants are so interesting and unique once you really study them. This is beautiful.

glenda said...

Very pretty plant.

robert said...

Sur-real beauty, Dali couldn't have take a better picture. Bravo!

Mirela said...

WOW! Wonderful POV!

brattcat said...

It's like a sunburst. Beautiful.

Field of View said...

Nice blog with beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing !

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