This is a picture of the Puya Raimondii, that can be found in the peruvian Andes.
Puya Raimondi (Puya raimondii) is an endemic species of the altoandina zone of Peru and Bolivia, found at an altitude of 3200 - 4800 m. It was discovered at an altitude of 12,992 ft in Bolivia in 1870. The flower emerges after about 80-150, However, one planted near sea level at the University of California's Botanical Garden, Berkeley, USA, in 1958 grew to 24 ft 11 in and bloomed as early as August 1986 after only 28 years. It is not only the largest of the Puya species, but also the largest Bromeliad. It can reach 3 m tall in vegetative growth, with a flower spike 9-10 m tall. Like most Bromeliads, it dies soon after flowering. It is considered to be an endangered species. Seeds were collected of P. raimondii in 1999 and 2000 of the rodales of Huashta Cruz (district Free People, Ancash region, Peru).
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dta (79130) 2008-06-08 11:46
Hola Victor ,
A Fantastic shot . Great light , great colors , great sharpness . The composition is excellent .
We can see all the details of this nice Puya .
The back-gound is beautiful , too , with the mountains in the grey clouds .
mirarer (4751) 2008-06-08 11:52
Pues si que me gusta y tanto. Muy buena la luz e increible la gama de verdes. La composición perfecta y la puya magnífica. Y además me encanta la aridez del paisaje.
BennyV (17718) 2008-06-08 12:45
I like the natural brown and green colours in this picture. Also the format is perfect. Great sharpness too. This makes a good upload. Gracias!
bj40 (6) 2008-06-08 13:29
Hi Victor ,Very impressive landscape image,the green spiked plants running up the side of the mountain are so unusal.The image is so well taken and full of atmosphere ,Thanks Tom.
scalerman (26900) 2008-06-08 13:37
Victor: a cool landscape with those brooding nimbus in the background. It's a rare plant - others have posted it here too - perhaps try TrekNature... regards, c
qpochet (1412) 2008-06-08 14:28
Hermosa foto. Me gustan los colores y la luz que conseguiste capturar. Buena nitidez tambien. Interesante composición con esas plantas en el primer plano. Precioso paisaje.
windosil (1158) 2008-06-09 5:38
What a lovely picture! I like the many shades of soft green and brown. The threatening sky lets each shade have full value. The vegetation is almost architectural, and like nothing to be found in the British Isles - but the form of the landscape reminds me of several places in Scotland.
npecanhuk (75592) 2008-06-09 9:08
I really like your picture, with natural colors and great sharpness!
I also like the composition you created with the local vegetation on the foreground, the road, the arid mountains and the shower clouds!
TFS - Congratulations!
Greetings from Brazil,