Saturday, September 17, 2011



A collection of textures & patterns occurring in nature… Above, a jackfruit.



Plant leaf.



Spotted leaf.



Unknown language? No, just a seashell…



A logarithmic spiral.



A clam-like seashell.








Siganus Sutor

Ahem, it looks as if my first comment got swallowed...

But where is the texture of the carrot, er? (Don't tell us you don't have any at hand... :-))


Maybe I did, but the texture of a carrot isn't exactly photogenic. :)

Siganus Sutor

The carrot leaves maybe?

Here's the comment that was posted first:


Nice pictures! The "zak" just looks like an infinite bunch of small bananas. I'm impressed by how much your camera can focus on close objects. The Canon A590 we have at home can't do anything like that.
The last plant, isn't it what we call "dilé caillé"?


Using the camera on macro mode is quite painful because it takes a lot of tries before finding the minimum distance for the camera to lock focus & then keeping still while pressing the shutter to avoid blur. At least 3 "bad" shots before getting a "good" photo. Thankfully, it's a digital camera. :)

Oh yes, that is a "dilé caillé," the Dieffenbachia if I'm right.


I dislike the first one ( tou sa bane ti points la fer moi ggne frisson ..) but the others are great !


Then you'll hate a pineapple! :)

Siganus Sutor

Yes, Dieffenbachia. At her entry for "lait caillé" in 1000 mots du français mauricien, Pravina Nallatamby refers to "Diffenbachia sp. Terme générique désignant plusieurs espèces cultivées ou sauvages du genre Dieffenbachia de la familles des Aracées." I haven't found anything about it in Ameenah Gurib-Fafim's book I have at home, but Guy Rouillard and Joseph Guého talk about it in Les Plantes et leur histoire à l'île Maurice, saying that it was first mentioned in Mauritius in 1863, the genus being originally from tropical America. They cite Dieffenbachia picta, known as 'dumb cane' because the freshly cut stem will prevent someone from speaking when pressed against the tongue. I might try to use it one day with people who talk too much.

Siganus Sutor

When you have removed the skin from a pineapple, you still need to remove the dark spots embedded in the flesh. These brown spots are called "lizié". You can then imagine it as a sort of monster with many, many eyes all around its head.

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