I have a few different coloured zygocactus plants growing in hanging pots situated underneath my high-set house in indirect SW sunlight. The delicate soft pastel white-pink flowers are always a definite favorite. They bloom at home during June-July, our tropical winter months. Location ~ Innisfail, Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.

*_Inspired_ by the challenge to capture nature’s more unusual designs.

Common name: Zygocactus, Christmas cactus, and Crab’s claw cactus
Botanic name: Schlumbergera truncata Hybrids
These succulent plants are native to tropical rain forests in the mountains of Brazil, where they grow on tree branches as epiphytes.

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  • A Top Ten Winner > Avatar Challenge in ‘Enchanted Flowers’

Camera/Shoot Details
DSLR Pentax K10D, Pentax Lens18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Focal length 55.0mm Shutter Speed 1/60 sec. Aperture F5.6 Sensitivity 200.
Raw file processed/edited via CS2. Original photo composition untouched (no cropping).

Another image ~ Cascading Delight

My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • John Fish
    John Fishover 3 years ago

    beautiful. great cropping and composition

  • Hi John, thankyou for your comment.
    Yes composition with this little cactus flower is definitely not the easiest to photograph because of it’s unusual irregular hanging form. Background has to be ‘right’ and a windy breeze added into the mix at the time made it quite difficult! Went through many shots to finally come up with this one! Cheers K.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Julie-Ann Vellios
    Julie-Ann Velliosover 3 years ago

    how beautiful…that pink centre is so striking…I can see where you get some of the ispiration for your paintings

  • Thanks Julie-Ann. Nature’s unusual designs/forms do attract my attention and there certainly is an unbundance of ‘unfamiliar’ forms to always explore in a tropical environment.
    Having recall associations now of ‘flying nuns hats’ (remember that old TV show) , lol!

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Kerryn

  • Thanks Larry.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks mom23girls.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • aprilann
    aprilannabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on being one of the Top Ten Winners in the Avatar Challenge.

    Your art will be featured on our Facebook Page.

    Great job!

    Your host – April

  • Really appreciate that. Thanks so much April.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations – 13th Nov. 2013 – Shirley & Jean
    Perhaps you would like to post a comment HERE

  • Thankyou so much Shirley for the work feature in Enchanted Flowers!
    Truly a wonderful surprise. ♥ XXX

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Alexandra Lavizzari
    Alexandra Lavi...about 1 year ago

    Wonderfully delicate picture – and great title.

  • Thankyou so much Alexandra.
    Really appreciate your visit and commenting. 8 ) XXX

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...about 1 year ago

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortier7 months ago

    Lovely work Kerryn!

  • Thanks Sandra. Really appreciate it.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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