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I had intended to get out and about this afternoon, at least for an hour or so, but as usual events conspired to keep me in – though in this instance the events were rather unusual. I got a phone call from American Express asking if they could check some of my recent credit card transactions with me. Anyway, to cut a long story short, it appears as though I've been the victim of a minor form of identity theft in that my card was registered at an address in London and around £800 has been spent on mobile phones. What's scary is that whoever did this must have access to at least some of my security details otherwise they wouldn't have been able to arrange the change of address. Anyway, I don't know the full details yet - the fraud team are going to ring me on Monday – but it did mean that I spent the afternoon ringing my bank and other credit card providers to check that I wasn't now living in the south of Spain hundreds of thousands of pounds in debt. Fortunately I'm not ;-)

Anyway, back to the photography: this thing/object may be immediately familiar to some people, but I hadn't seen one before, and thought it would make a good shot for this week's Photo Friday's theme – Patterns. And, in this instance, the only change that was made to the image was to colourise it.

And finally, a couple of people mentioned yesterday that they liked the writing I put up to accompany my entries. Interestingly enough chromasia is a descendent of a static blog I first started writing in May 2003, and at the time the photographs were very much an accompaniment to the text. It's interesting how things change and switch around over time :-)

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4.50pm on 20/11/04
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comment by Sandra Rocha at 09:23 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

thats lovely :-)
natural patterns can't be beat lol

comment by Tanner at 10:56 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Sorry to hear about the Credit Card thing. Once, the bank called me with a little scare, they informed me of ten overdrafts on my checking account, and told me my identity had most likely been stolen..Come to find out they're just dumb, and my identity was fine, it was all on their end.

I love the colours of the image. On first glance, it reminded me of a Christmas tree. If you don't mind me asking..what exactly is it?

comment by djn1 at 11:10 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Sandra: thanks.

Tanner: if you don't mind I'd rather wait and see how many other people don't know before I tell you. So, if you do know ... shhhhh! ;-)

comment by Louis Dallara at 11:23 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

I don't know either... how about a clue.. Is it from the UK?

comment by Kjetil at 11:26 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Cool! Both the picture and todays story! Really amazing depth in this photo. A great way to display the theme pattern.

comment by djn1 at 11:41 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Louis: I'm not sure where it's from. I bought it in the UK, but it may well have originated elsewhere, possibly Italy :-)

comment by bob ransom at 11:56 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Great image though I have absolutely no idea what it is.

comment by quasi at 12:04 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Hehe, I know what it is, though I've never had one. Are they any good?

By the way, I also really like the story that goes with each photo. I'm sorry about your credit card. :(

comment by Thinh Thang at 12:38 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Wow, that's an awesome shot you have there. And I have no clue what that object is at all. On close inspection all I can tell is that it's a cone, with smaller cones on top of it, and then smaller cones on top of them. A species of coral?

comment by john at 02:07 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Great shot for patterns. I like the low key lighting adn the tone on this...

*Ouch* on the CC thing!

comment by GallinAzul at 02:18 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

... I think I know what it is! isn't that thing called Romanescus or something like that? I think it's a vegetable similar to broccoli ... I had it long time ago but I remember it's yummi ;) .... I love the picture by the way! ... :)

comment by photographer52 at 03:12 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

I've never seen one before.......whatever it is. Very interesting tho'. Is it somekind of a shell? Would love to know what it feels like.

comment by Jasmin at 06:35 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Very evocative and unusual. I like your interpretation of themes very much! Also, it was interesting to read about the subtle switch of photos and text over time. :)

comment by Adriana at 07:08 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Iíve been around the last week and I already saw all your pictures. I am from Mexico, and let me tell you that your work is just beautiful. I have read some of the stories that go with each picture and I find them good enough to let me know a little bit of you and your precious family. By the way I donít know either whatís the object in the picture, but I do like the work with the color. :)

comment by Andy (SensorChip) at 08:39 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

I know what this is, but only because I purchased one myself about a month ago, prior to my purchase I hadn't seen one before. Strange enough, I only bought it to take photographs of (how sad I'm I? (don't answer that!)), mine I didn't think good enough to post, but this is cool and a good and brave descion to colourize as their colour is bright and vibrant.

comment by peterv at 08:57 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Sorry to hear about your credit card. 'There, but......'

Beautiful picture. Reminds me a book of my father's by Andreas Feinniger called (I think ) Patterns in Nature. How did you colourise it?

comment by djn1 at 10:28 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

GallinAzul is right, it's a type of broccoli – Romanesco Shannon Broccoli (Brassica oleracea). The only information I can find about it is here.

peterv: this was colourised with the Hue/Saturation tool in PS with a setting of 212, 15, 0. The original is a rather pale lime green.

comment by fraxinus at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

When I saw this I remembered how I had seen one in Tesco earlier in the year and later wished I had bought it. It is the most remarkable Mandelbrot vegetable and this is a fine specimen (much better than the one I saw in Tescos!) and a fine photograph of it .

comment by Cameron at 01:08 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

This is soooo cool! Of course I know what it is now but at first (before reading the comments) I thought it had to be from the sea somehow...wondeful patterns David. I too am sorry to hear about your credit fraud troubles.

comment by miles at 01:31 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

This is beautiful! A mountain range of little pyramids, lol.

comment by Aegir at 04:32 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

I bought some from M&S a while back, just to take some pics of - though I was only using my mobile phone camera back then.

They taste nice though, and there's something cool about fractal food.

comment by Marina at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

I am really impressed. The tone and the colours are beautiful. I have seen this veggie before but I have never tried it - hopefully it taste really good :-) I am sorry to hear about your problems with the credit card and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that the problem will be solved soon!

comment by Turfdigger at 05:33 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Wow! Never would have known that this is broccoli, not in a bazillion years.
This one needs to be framed - in a big way.

comment by nantel at 06:38 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

My dad's American Express was cloned in Turkey and within two days it had been used in Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Small world ;-)

comment by djn1 at 06:44 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Hopefully we'll get around to eating it at some point ;-)

As for the credit card thing: if there's anything interesting to report after I speak to the American Express fraud team tomorrow I'll let you know.

comment by Tristan at 07:59 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Quite an interesting post. I think I'm even more weirded-out by this thing now that I know it is a type of broccoli ;)

Very nice lighting on this!

-Tristan (picture life)

comment by m at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

I think it's a relative of the cauliflower!

comment by Darrell at 10:29 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Lovely picture. Interesting patterns emphasized by the nice use of sidelighting, simple composition and choice of mono. It's all made so much better when you find out it's is a veggie available on the high street! Just wonder about a tad more space top and bottom, as it feels a little hemmed in as framed, but that is a minor point.


comment by Loge at 12:36 AM (GMT) on 22 November, 2004

Found one! Woot.

comment by pierre at 11:18 AM (GMT) on 22 November, 2004

Very good macro David.

comment by Tiago P. at 08:48 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2004

Very, very nice.

comment by Carlos at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2004

Wow, I like the texture and the darkened background.

comment by suseu at 10:09 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2004

o! kalafior! ;)

comment by JJ at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2004

broccoli?! this just about confirms how disgusting they are =P
great photo... very creepy and out of this world, which just serves to remind us how wonderful our world is... cheers!

comment by Duke at 01:31 AM (GMT) on 27 November, 2004

great example of a fractal... nature still does it best IMHO.

comment by Cameron at 12:49 PM (GMT) on 30 November, 2004

Congratulations on the 'noteworthy' David! It was a given with this shot...

comment by HiMY SYeD at 07:37 PM (GMT) on 3 December, 2004

they've begun to sell christmas trees out here in Northern California too.

comment by Ciro at 01:58 AM (GMT) on 4 December, 2004

Gorgeously fractal :) Great lighting.

comment by cemepť at 06:33 PM (GMT) on 4 December, 2004

Hi, David.
Congratulations for your beautiful work. Your photoblog seems to me very elegant.
Thanks for show to the World your photographies.