Friday Flower Fiesta (2-6-15)—Bromeliads

Friday Flower Fiesta

Spring sprung here in San Diego around January 2.

A sprung spring means that it’s bromeliad season.

The best places to see lots of unusual bromeliads are the San Diego Zoo, which is an internationally recognized arboretum and botanical garden as well as a zoo, and the Botanical Building in Balboa Park.

Here are a selection of bromeliads from both places, although these are pictures from the past that I cataloged today after finding them in my “these-are-really-bad-pictures-but-maybe-some-day-you-can-make-something-out-of-them-in-photoshop” folder.

Bromeliad

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Bromeliad

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Bromeliad

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Bromeliad

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Bromeliad

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Bomeliad

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Bomeliad

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Bomeliad

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Bomeliad

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Bomeliad

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The last picture uses the “out of bounds” effect. If you’re interested in learning how to create that effect, see my tutorial from October 22, 2013: Creating the out of bounds effect in Photoshop.

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13 thoughts on “Friday Flower Fiesta (2-6-15)—Bromeliads

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      The very first time I tried the out of bounds effect, yes. I think it took me two days to get it right. Now, by using the quick select tool, zooming in for detailed work, remembering from middle school geometry that circles are just a bunch of very small straight lines, and having learned to draw perfectly straight lines with any Photoshop tool by holding down the shift key, it took me maybe 5 minutes to select the area to be deleted.

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          1. wordsfromanneli

            That would be good, but to be honest, the pictures of the screen give me more time to study them. With a video, the images change every few seconds and you end up watching it over and over to get the parts you missed.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Bromeliads comprise almost 3,200 species. Most of them are epiphytes, i.e., they grow harmlessly upon another plant (such as a tree), and derive moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and debris accumulating around it. They also are called “air plants” because you can buy them at the nursery and just stick them on something in your garden and they’ll grow and bloom. Their flower spikes (inflorescences) are, perhaps, the most diverse in the plant world, as you can see from those above.

      The common pineapple is a bromeliad.

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