I found it near Pier 39 in San Francisco. I used a tripod with my D80 and a Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG lens. In order to get enough depth of field, I exposed it at 1/20sec @ f14, and I used the little wireless remote so as to not disturb the camera when releasing the shutter.How did you shoot that
We could name it Black Magic
Sounds good. Aeonium belongs to the same plant family (Crassulaceae) as Sempervivum and they are flowers. Just because they are able to produce wooden stems (or something similar) doesn't mean anything. The species name (arboreum) was most likely given because of that feature."Kiz" over on Nikonians told me it's an "Aeonium arboreum", also known as "artopurpureum 'Schwarzkopf' or the "Black Tree Aeonium".
Turns out it's not a flower at all!