Blossoming Mojave Hedgehog flower, (Echinocereus mojavensis) cactus.

Photographed in the Saguaro National Park near Tucson, AZ USA
Olympus E-3, Sigma 105 mm macro, 1/20 Sec, f/4.5,

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My focus as a photographer and digital artist ranges from traditional photography to PhotoArt compilation and the less explored world of abstract design created with natural elements such as smoke, oil and water.

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  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, HOW FUN, I get to be the first to comment on this GORGEOUS piece……wow…….now that is a close up… is so hard to GET and keep the detail, at least that has been my experience!! This is so beautiful, all those shades of light and dark and the perfect center!! Awesome image!!

  • Hi Elizabeth; yes this was a difficult flower to photograph. Plus, one can’t get too close because of all the thorns protecting it. The bright red was back-lighted which sort of blew out the highlights at the edge, but this was the best of many attempts. Thank you for your wonderful comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaalmost 4 years ago

    I also find red a difficult color to work with, and I’m not very good with flowers, either. But I can see that you did a wonderful job on this! I like the softness and the composition!

  • Thanks Eivor. I have a lot of trouble with red and yellow. Just a little light will blow out the highlights. (A diffuser helps a lot though if you have one handy). I appreciate you attention and thoughtful comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 4 years ago

    Glorious, Richard! ;o) Most colourful “hedgehog” I’ve ever seen! ;o)

  • That’s quite a compliment. Thank you Krys :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 4 years ago

    ¿Es cierto que se llama…“Echinocereus mojavensis?”…Qué maravilla!
    Está tan cerquita, que uno no puede imaginar que hay un cuerpo leno de espinas junto a la flor. La flora de los desiertos es muy especial. Cada item es un milagro. Me parece similar a las flores que encuentro en la ciudad, con la diferencia de que cuando de repente llueve..del cemento no nace la vida tan rápidamente cómo en el desierto. Es preciosa, y además está perfectamente sacada.

  • Según mi libro de “Cactus identification” así se llama esta planta tan bonita pero espinosa. Su nombre me hace imaginar brujos, o hechiceros, y le queda el imagen porque te atrae con su hermosura y te aleja a la vez con sus armas picudas, (Me recuerda a una mujer que conocí, pero eso es otra historia).
    A mi tambien me fascina la flora del desierto. Luego, no puedo explicar como se mantiene vivo dentro de tanto calor, pero agradezco el toque de color que da al terreno tan pálido.
    Gracias Rosa por tu atención. Te mando un abrazote :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • mnkreations
    mnkreationsalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning color and composition! Instant fav!

  • Thank you very much for your wonderful comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 4 years ago

    very good DOF and focus, well done

  • anisja
    anisjaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful macro.

  • Thank you Anisja :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 4 years ago

    what a beautiful deep sea of warmth & pose of the heart of this gently held centerpiece xx

  • Thank you for these beautiful words Linda :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 4 years ago

    mmm…..osea…que tienes historias ¿eh?
    Vale…no insisto.
    No soy espina…
    pero las guardo.

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1almost 4 years ago

    Immense saturation and appeal ~ The combination of a great image


  • Thank you very much for these great comments Rick.

    – Richard G Witham

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