Flax Ribbon by Kathy Reid

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My Phormium (flax) plant has formed an unusual gathered ribbon effect on part of one blade. I think it may have been formed by an insect folding the stem in half to make a nesting place within the layers.

Featured in Extreme Close-ups Group 2nd June 2013
Third place in Top 10 ‘Textures in Spring’ June 3rd 2013

Canon EOS 450D, canon 28-105 lens, F/19, 1/60 sec
Hand held, taken in natural light.

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  • SharonD
    SharonDover 5 years ago

    Great patterns and colours Kathy.

  • Hi Sharon, thanks for your comment!

    – Kathy Reid

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    Love the colors Kathy

  • Hi John, good to hear from you, thanks!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 5 years ago

    Wow! Kathy – this is beautiful. Glorious colours and stripes here and I love the little folds. Just gorgeous my friend :o)

  • Thanks Sharon, after I photographed this I unfolded the blade and amongst the folds was the remains of a empty cocoon from a bug!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Thanks also for the fave :))

    – Kathy Reid

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Thanks so much Joy!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Thanks also for the fave Joy :))

    – Kathy Reid

  • EvaMarIza
    EvaMarIzaover 5 years ago

    This is really great, beautiful colours too :)))

  • Hi Eva, thanks very much!

    – Kathy Reid

  • laurieirene
    laurieireneover 5 years ago

    Thats wonderful. Lovely colours and composition

  • Thanks so much Laurieirene for your lovely comment!

    – Kathy Reid

  • lianne
    lianneover 5 years ago

    Isn’t that just the most amazing thing! It looks like ribbon candy. What beautiful colors and just a lovely perspective too. Great shot, Kathy.

  • Thanks Lianne, it’s the first time I have ever noticed this on flax, after opening it I noticed an empty insect cocoon between the folds!

    – Kathy Reid

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you Justart :))

    – Kathy Reid

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 5 years ago

    Amazing plant & Great DOF!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Svetlana for your visit and great comment!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 5 years ago

    Lovely abstract photo.

  • Thank you very much Lorraine!

    – Kathy Reid

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