Today I've been reviewing some of the photos from our Mexico trip and I realized that I probably have fifty or so of the agave plant. The agave is is a beautiful succulent with many varieties, each of them beautiful, but the ones that captivated me are the big Agave Americana, also known as the Century Plant. They have strong curving leaves edges with beautiful regular spines and in the Mexican sun the shadows create lovely sculptural forms.
This last shadow is more like an echo. You can clearly see the indentations left by adjacent leaves that unfolded away from the core. Beautiful!
And here's a photo of the incredible flower that these plants produce (after many years). This one was about 15 feet tall. After it blooms, the plant dies; although smaller plants are produced from offsets at the base of the stem.
You can see more shadow shots from around the world here.