In December, desert gardens throughout Southern California are alive with new blooms on many varieties of aloe. This one is Aloe arborescens, photographed with a spike of buds in front and a fully blooming spike behind to create a kind of coral glow. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/125 sec., ISO 400, overcast, handheld)
Featured in Art in Math (3 January 2014)
Featured in Closeups in Nature (17 December 2013)
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