Black Sorcerers in the Rain: Aeonium Arboreum “Zwartkop”

The rain has just stopped here in Vancouver. And I remember a few days ago I saw an unusual-looking plant on roadside while walking in the rain. I made a couple of photos of the plant and found its name later at a local plant nursery. Its name is as strange as its look: aeonium arboreum “Zwartkop”, with a common name “black rose”. In Chinese, its name is “black sorcerer”, which I think is a good match with the look of the plant.

The two images below are actually made with multiple photos stacked in PS for greater depth of focus than otherwise possible with single shots, a technique known as “focus stacking”. The first one is a stack of 6 shots; the second, 5 shots. For your information, here is a link to a tutorial of “focus stacking”:  http://photo.net/learn/macro/focus/stacking/harold-davis/

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