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Lithops glow 6

New contactless Lithops Glow Technique:

A warm-white Luxeon LED works as a bright point-source that is relay imaged onto the Lithops surface with a couple of lenses, illuminating the transparent plant body through the top window. Now Lithops glow photos can be shot without obstructing parts pressed onto the plants like the head of a flashlight or the stem of a fiberoptic light guide. This photo here is an overlay of sequent individual glow photos, all shot with the same fixed camera position.

More? Have a look at my Lithops glow set!


Lithops are extremely succulent plants originating from the semi-deserts of southern Africa. Their plant body rests under ground, while on top they have transparent windows to let sunlight in for photosynthesis. A camouflage pattern on the windows lets them appear more or less like a pair of pebblestones, so hungry animals may hardly find them. I like them because they look like ornamented knobs or gemstones.



Be aware that sites from the southern hemisphere

have a six-month-shift in the description of the

annual lithops growing cycle.

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Taken on January 3, 2010