Pachystachys lutea goes by the really interesting common name of Lolipop Plant or sometimes golden shrimp plant. It is easy to see why these names make sense for this sub-tropical plant from the photograph below.
In the New York Botanical Gardens stand 4 imposing 15 foot tall painted fibre glass statues sculpted by the famous Philip Haas. Each statue represents a particular season of the year, and have been inspired by the renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The picture is of Winter, a foreboding season of creeping ivy, mossy scarred bark and bare branches.
This picture is a HDR composite of 3 bracketed photographs at -2, 0 and +2, processed first in Photomatix Pro and then in onOne picture perfect suite for final adjustments. Please click on the image to see the picture in large size.