Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Alien beauty

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It has the look of an alien species ... perhaps a specimen brought back to earth from a distant and very different planet. The impression is powerful, and gives you a little taste of what the reaction of Captain Cook's crew must have been to the flora and fauna they encountered in Australia. This was indeed an alien world. You're viewing the whole image here, the full frame -- no cropping was needed; and I haven't done anything to the colors, brightness or contrast. This is that rare photo -- perfect as it is. This Australian native flowering shrub (apologies -- I can't identify it for you; not a warratah ... Banksia of some kind?) was photographed at Wittunga Botanical Gardens, in South Australia, in 2007. Photo by Jade.

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