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A multiple-story image. What has caused this weed to grow like that is anybody's guess, but I'm open to theories. Anyway, it is not manipulation of any sort; th...
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A multiple-story image. What has caused this weed to grow like that is anybody's guess, but I'm open to theories. Anyway, it is not manipulation of any sort; the plant has dried up in the same place it grew.
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11 Comments | Report
windonnewton December 13, 2013
Great find.
SahilQaiser March 11, 2015
Woooww!!!! Amazing and Beautiful
Elizabeth_H May 25, 2015
Wow, is that a snail on it?
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acglock October 23, 2015
Congratulations on the challenge win!
Dee-CrystalClear March 26, 2020
Weeds seem to twist and turn during the season. Always trying to remain in the sunshine. Fantastic capture.
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LookSee March 26, 2020
Can be but funnywise,this one was in the open, and no other stalk was like this one. Thanks for liking it!. :)
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AM_Images April 13, 2020
Superb and creative shot
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LookSee April 13, 2020
Thanks! Stay Safe! :)
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MaryAnne306 November 01, 2020
Nice minimalist shot. The POV provides a rather striking form against the intense blue of the sky. Also nice the way the spiral of the snail's shell is an echo of the twist this stalk has performed.
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LookSee November 01, 2020
Thanks for your in-depth observation. I'm glad you like this Nature's little game!
tamike000 June 21, 2021
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annetteflottwell December 06, 2021
totally amazing. Did the snail train the tree to do this?
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LookSee December 06, 2021
Can't say, when I spotted it it was already trained... :) Sometimes, though, I'm still thinking what was the reason for the poor soul to get through this acrobatic growth... and the only plausible answer seems to be "destiny"... ;)
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balantaylorp Jul 22
Technical composition.. Good
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Completely natural.
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at a small lighthouse isle Plocica in the Adriatic sea.
10:44:50 AM
Clear daylight, unmodified, on a nice and sunny December morning.
It was shot out of hand with SONY R-1 and its proprietary lens. No accessories.
The curious form of the weed and the snail shell attached to it caught my eye. I cleared some other dry weed from around it and got down on my knees to achieve the angle of shooting against the sky.
Nothing out of the regular; cropped it to get rid of the disturbing surroundings (mainly other weedstalks). There was a bit of color balancing, reducement to upload size and a little re-sharpening.
In my camera bag
I don't like bags. I prefer a many-pocketed photographer's vest, and carry my gear that way. There are usually two cameras. One would be some prosumer (which I like more than a SLR), and the other will always be some camera that can go into the water. There will eventually be a Skylight, a stack of NDs and a CPL filters, a small, strong flashlight, a piece of aluminum foil (for reflected light), a Swiss Army pocket knife, matches or lighter, and of course, spare batteries and memory cards (or film rolls).
Maybe the best advice would be "travel light - go far". People burden themselves unnecessarily with bags and backpacks of gear, and I too have been dragging those, feeling like a weightlifter when I had to. Since then, I discovered that two well-chosen cameras can do the same. To me, it pays to seriously assess what I want to do, and then gear up for it. If you do not plan to make any paper enlargements longer than one meter, do consider modern prosumer cameras. With all the spares and add-ons it will be maybe one kilogram to carry. And built right in, all the focal lengths you will ever need... ;)

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