Geoff du Feu

Agave utahensis

Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Category Finalists 2 – Plant Portraits

I had been observing this fine specimen on a number of visits throughout the season, and was hoping to capture a graphic image that also showed new leaf formation with a leaf impression still showing on the central rosette. The wonderful spines also had to figure prominently.

No tripods are allowed in this garden, so I had to move in close and handhold, bracing my hands against the leaves to prevent camera shake. This literally cost me blood, as the spines are very sharp!

Canon EOS 40D, 50mm macro lens, f/4.5