Big Drama in the front yard
This large cactus, Agave Americana, also known as the century plant,
maguey or American aloe, is starting to bloom. April 12, 2012 and we are there.
I look forward to documenting the entire process. Visitors welcomed.
An amazing photo subject just outside the front door
The sheer mass and detail will provide continuous film opportunities.
This will become another chapter in the garden’s story. Originally from Mexico,
Agave Americana was cultivated as an ornamental plant worldwide.
It now grows wild in Europe, South Africa, India and Australia.
In context, 4-28-2012 view of front yard and blooming agave.
The agave continues to reach upwards amongst two neighboring trees.
The pine tree’s roots on the west were tearing up the driveway.
The tree was cut back to bare limbs and left as snag for birds to perch.
The liquid amber on the right requires no watering. It probably lives
off morning condensation and infrequent rains. The flowering geraniums
on the right are planted in the remains of a palm tree and also require
little watering from captured kitchen sink grey water.
There is magic in the close-up details.
The base of the visible spire is approximately eight inches in width.
The upward pointing spear-leaves make it hard to get close for an
accurate recording. These details share nuisances and articulations
that are developing daily.
5-09-12 and all is well in the front yard.
The lady mail-deliverer has one of the best views of the agave’s growth
since she comes by six days a week. She also can see it from a distance
and upclose. Few people are aware of the plant because it is not in their
nature to look up when they are walking, especially if they are
looking at their smart phones.
And the leaves are starting to change.
The new leaves are drying out and peeling back from the spire.
Underneath the leaves there are bumps that continue to grow.
Will these become the branches? Stay tuned.
5-10-12, now for something different, a first day out of the nest.
A pair of young doves, less than two-years-old, now have two live chicks
in their second nesting attempt using a decorative ceramic pot placed on
an exterior chimney ledge under the patio. The female sat here quietly for
weeks while the male perched in a nearby tree, or on back-alley telephone
wires, always with a view of the nest. In the late fall of the previous year
the immature mother abandoned her nest leaving a dead chick and an
unhatched egg left inside. I took the pot off the ledge and put it
on the ground to photograph in the sun. Minutes later, when I returned
with a camera, both the dead chick and egg were gone.
Mathematical beauty + natural formulas = fauna success.
The ever-present natural thirds and threes emerge and expand.
The flower started with three bulbs on a stem that began to
grow outwards. Now, those bulbs are becoming their own branches
each with three bulbs at their heads. Symmetrical diversity.
June 9, 2012. a towering spirit matures
I have to go further and further away to get the whole spire,
top to bottom, into the shot. On left-hand image was taken from
across the street, sidewalk and up on the neighbor’s lawn. The
right-hand image is record of the diverse skies passing over the agave.
Up at the very top the reach is still upwards.
Here are two views of the flowering century plant’s crown.
The image on the left was shot with an 800 mm lens.
The right hand image is with a 100-400 mm lens.
7-14-12, moon over agave and mystery sprouts.
The first sign of change was a couple of stalks coming up near the base.
Each stem, 4 to 8 inches tall, had four pods which quickly opened.
A couple of days later pods were falling to the ground.
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