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Dimensions3016 x 4500
Original file size38.9 MB
Image typeTIFF
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken24-May-10 09:33
Date modified4-Jan-16 15:24
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Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal length65 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/320 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 800
Metering modePattern
Senita cactus bloom & ant

Senita cactus bloom & ant

A ant looks for nectar high up in a Senita Cactus. Grow only in a few small canyons in Organ Pipe Cactus National Park. RANGE: Restricted distribution In Arizona. Found in just a few locations close to the Mexican border within Organ Pipe National Monument. Widespread in Sonora, Mexico.

BRANCHING: Like Organ Pipe Cactus, Senita Cactus branches mostly at ground level. The stems have fewer vertical ribs (usu. 7 to 9) leaving smooth green tissue exposed between them.

SPINE CLUSTERS: Starting at about 1½ meters above ground level spine clusters include numerous, long, bushy, hairlike spines. These dense spines apparently protect flower buds, flowers and fruits. In the region below the hat of hair-spines (pseudocephalium) the spine clusters consist of ten or so short, thick spines.

FLOWERS: The relatively large flowers are white-pinkish in color.

FRUIT: The nearly spherical fruit is red at maturity, but less than 3 cm in diameter, closely guarded by dense spine clusters.