Monday, April 23, 2007

Caribbean Flowers Series - Bromeliads

Where I rest, thus shall I sustain life

The Bromeliad plant Tillandsia fendleri is quite common in Trinidad and Tobago and actually it is quite lovely to observe the method in which the plant disperses its seeds. There are sacs at the top of the stem, and as the pod opens, thatches of silk haired strands are release into the air by a gentle gust of wind. The shape of the seed is best described as a wire framed umbrella that hovers in flight briefly and then disappears into the heavens.

Bromeliad can sustain itself by the atmosphere alone, and you may see the plant attached to electric poles, or between cracks on concrete. They are also from the family of the Pineapple.

In gardens across Trinidad and Tobago, many varieties of the Bromeliads are used to decorate around a garden's floor bed.
Epiphytes, or air plants are considered a type of parasite because they attached themselves to the branches of trees, but they survive off the moisture and nutrients from the air and rain.

If one has previously observed, the older photographs on this post lacked aesthetic quality produced from the modified Minolta Dimage 7i which suddenly failed, and abruptly ended the series on flowers. And trying to duplicated it just does not work, no matter how hard you try. Photography should be effortless. The Canon Pro 1 which the majority of photographs on this blog has been taken is rather a unsubstantial tool catering for candid shots using a tripod if possible. The grain can be noticed from 200 ISO. But as the saying goes, every thing has its place, make due with what you have and the best is yet to come. But the greater lesson is to focus on what you love no matter how difficult its appearance may be. -thebookmann


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