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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Three in a Row Rebutia Flowers

With flowers borne around the stems, it is very rare, in a collection of only hundreds of species anyhow, to find three flowers in a good straight line. I last did so many years before I took to digital

The stereos are crosseye. The software has clipped the tips of some petals but I accept that to get the best 3D effect, which is slightly exaggerated in the first pair..

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Lovely Rebutia Harold. I do enjoy your cacti shots.

Takes me back to my childhood. Dad kept hundreds of cacti in his greenhouse, many raised from seed as they were rare. He would have loved this one. I remember all of the care and time that raising and then keeping them in top condition took. But when a really rare one flowered it was very special. Especially as some lasted just a day.

The names and details escape me, it was his hobby (one of many) but I could appreciate the beauty and wonder. And visitors were treated to the sight of dozens and dozens of cacti in flower when that was very uncommon outside of nurseries and specialists.

I wish I could remember some of the names to even look them up now, but sadly not and pictures from his Zenith E never did anything justice!
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Lovely Rebutia Harold. I do enjoy your cacti shots.

Takes me back to my childhood. Dad kept hundreds of cacti in his greenhouse, many raised from seed as they were rare. He would have loved this one. I remember all of the care and time that raising and then keeping them in top condition took. But when a really rare one flowered it was very special. Especially as some lasted just a day.

The names and details escape me, it was his hobby (one of many) but I could appreciate the beauty and wonder. And visitors were treated to the sight of dozens and dozens of cacti in flower when that was very uncommon outside of nurseries and specialists.

I wish I could remember some of the names to even look them up now, but sadly not and pictures from his Zenith E never did anything justice!
Thanks, Peter.

Apart from the Epiphytes, my plants are almost all species but this is a hybrid, the exception being made for its flowers.

My collection suffered when I had to work very long hours over a flowering season three decades ago. Some plants still survive from 50 years ago, and others I grew from seed in the 1980s.

Yes, some only flower for one early afternoon, and that only in the spring.

I am getting in fresh plants of rarities I used to have and some new ones.

For flowers: Mammillaria, Rebutia, Lobivia, Echinopsis, Echinocereus, Notocactus, Parodia, Borzicactus, Cleistocactus, Aporocactus and the Aporophyllum hybrids.

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We visited an indoor flower show yesterday, similar to the Chelsea Flower Show and I took this photo of one of the prize winning orchids in blossom. 3 stacked images - different exposures, ISO1600, F/4, 1/30 Image Stability off, hand held. Rather pretty

Pink Yellow White Orchid Blossom Flower show Nairobi by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr
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Three in a Row Rebutia Flowers

With flowers borne around the stems, it is very rare, in a collection of only hundreds of species anyhow, to find three flowers in a good straight line. I last did so many years before I took to digital
I have been asked, elsewhere, to show the other set of images:


Echinopsis species Lau 470, copied from Kodachrome 25 and a (digital conversion) monochrome version.





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A cranesbill (Geranium).

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Another Mushroom from the Stable

Having noted the beginnings of some fruiting bodies on the organic matter, I collected them together in a plastic tray in the greenhouse.

A day or two later, I took these shots. It seems that moving them a few feet along the bench was enough to amke conditions (humidity?) unfavourable, such that they all wilted minutes later. These were only a few mm acrss.

The stereo is crosseye.

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Cattleya Orchid From the flower show in Nairobi at the weekend. 1/50, f/4.2, ISO 800, 18mm, handheld, IS off, no flash.

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Very nice.

You seem to prefer to switch the IS off. Do you find this helps?

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You seem to prefer to switch the IS off. Do you find this helps?

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Thank you very much for asking. Something else from the photo, there was a lot of “white out” in the orchid and I had to tone it down in post edit. To be honest, I hadn’t noticed the IS was not switched on. I had turned it off for a bird in flight photo and forgot to activate it again. Do you use it at all? I suffer with shaky hands and considering the IS was off, the camera did well.

Next Tuesday, I am going on safari to Tsavo East National Reserve and then onto the coast. It will be my first experience with the E1 on safari in Tsavo. Currently 31C and similar temperatures at the coast with high humidity.
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I leave mine switched on unless I use a tripod (not in recent years). Sometimes, if a slow shutter speed is required, I may lower further it to get the IS to take over!

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Parodia buiningii aka Notocactus buiningii with Stereos

I bought this plant as Notocactus buiningii but it is more correctly placed in Parodia. In the wild it is a native of southern Brazil & northern Uruguay, where it is critically endangered. It is safe in cultivation. The bluish body is very distinctive.

This flowered for me for the first time earlier this month. Typically of most cacti, it requires warm sunny weather to open. When the flower first opened, on 6 May, it was rather small and I thought I had a poor example of the plant. However, it opened daily, growing each day until it was as shown in the first two images. The earlier openings are shown in the other images.

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