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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Globetrotting cactus flower
From: grduprey at (grduprey at
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 20:00:24 -0500 (CDT)

Nicely done.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Wayne Torry" <wtorry at>
To: lug at
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:34:11 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: [Leica] IMG: Globetrotting cactus flower


At least 10 years in the making. This cactus has been the most elusive plant 
to capture when blooming.

>From the beginning...

A friend in Northern Virginia sent a small cutting of a cactus to Lisa in 
New Orleans. Cynthia had gotten the cutting from her dry cleaner. Lagniappe 
for favored customers. The cactus flourished for a few years in a pot on our 
deck. Naturally it made the move to East Texas after Katrina. Since winters 
are much colder here, we moved the cactus into the garage every year from 
Thanksgiving to Easter. About 3-4 years ago, at age 10, the cactus started 
blooming. Lisa would send phone photos to me in Houston. This year, thanks 
to my recent medical sabbatical, I hapend to be present for the annual 
blooming. The first two blooms got hammered by several heavy showers last 
Friday night. The third waited until this morning to open. Dodging showers 
this morning, I was finally able to create a photo that passed Lisa's 
approval. I think it was worth the wait.

Nuts & Bolts: Canon 1D Mk III | Canon 28-80 Plastic Kit Lens | ISO 50 | 80mm 
| f/11 | 0.6 sec. | Lightroom 3.4 | Square crop (Until I can get an 
extension tube for Hasselblad).

Thanks for all of your help and encouragement along the way.

Thanks for looking! Cheers!


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