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Let's Twist Again by David McMahon

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I’m not sure what these plants are called, but I’ve seen them in the Singapore-Malaysia region. They stand tall and proud, and their yellow and red hues are a vivid contrast with urban surroundings.

I shot this in Singapore in December 2007, on a humid afternoon when the light was just perfect.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 78mm.


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  • Jimmy Joe
    Jimmy Joeover 4 years ago

    fantastic shot…rich colors.

  • Thanks you, Gerrard – I’m hoping someone will be able to tell me what plant this is …..

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture…….looks so beautiful !!

  • Thanks very much, Sean. That dark green background really makes the colours stand out!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    fab shot

  • Thank you JustArt. The intertwined effect of the plant is amazing, isn’t it?

    – David McMahon

  • Gloria McAfee-Carver
    Gloria McAfee-...over 4 years ago

    Vivid, presice and colorful!

  • Thank you, Gloria – this was just growing beside a road.

    – David McMahon

  • Gloria McAfee-Carver
    Gloria McAfee-...over 4 years ago

    (p.s. David…that’s “my kinda title”. ;0)

  • Thank you for your kind words – glad you like the title, Gloria.

    – David McMahon

  • Shubd
    Shubdover 4 years ago

    Great shot and love the title !!
    I will probably be humming it for the rest of the day !
    Heliconia normally come in such vivid colors of red ,orange and yellows and look so very striking .

  • Thanks, Shubd, for letting me know the name of the plant. Sorry if I put the song in your head!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    They are heliconia but I do not know which species of heliconia this is.

    I only found that out in Singapore Zoo this year when I saw a big sign and I asked my friend what it meant ;-)

  • Thanks very much, Ellis – I had no idea what this was called.

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture btw, another instant favourite! :-)

  • And thank you very much for the favourite, Ellis.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, David

  • Thank you, Shulie – it looked like the graceful hand movement of a classical Southeast Asia dancer ….

    – David McMahon

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