Tamron Prize Challenge: Travel and Nature

Challenge #1 in the Tamron Prize Challenge series. Hosted by Tamron Challenge, Simon Joinson.
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Give us your best Travel or Nature shot and you could win a superb SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF), which sets high-performance DSLRs free with SP engineering, F/2.8 maximum aperture and Tamron VC. To find out more about this highly praised lens check out http://tamron-usa.com/lenses/prod/1750_vc_b005.asp. The winner of this challenge (as decided by public vote) will receive a Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC zoom lens (in Canon EF-S or Nikon mount). If the winner is a full frame user, we will substitute the SP 28-75mm F/2.8. No other substitutions will be offered. No cash alternative is available. Prizes are non transferable and non refundable. Competition open to any registered dpreview.com member, anywhere in the world.
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Desert Flowers
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Who says what's there to see in the desert? As always, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! I love desert plants and I am mesmerized by all those wonderful flowers that grow on them. I think the world has been unfair to them. Just because they have not found a place in the palaces, worship places and homes does not mean they less beautiful. Thank goodness, the bees and the birds are equal opportunity proponents for flowers and do not discriminate! I think photographers have some of these qualities in their DNA! I came across this cactus plant while I was going for a walk at the Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, Arizona. It immediately caught my attention but I did not have the camera with me. I drove back home and framed it before it got dark. I ran into an entire treasure that evening but since I am only allowed to submit one entry here is their representative from the bunch!
Submitted: Monday, 3rd October, 2011 19:51 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 25th April, 2011
Focal length: 105 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 800
Notes: The camera was hand held with a focus on the yellow flower in the bottom middle.
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