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The sight of the century

On a Sunday afternoon in the Westside, Russ Dyrli was planning to walk to the Santa Monica Pier to watch the sunset through the pylons, but the sight of a blooming century plant over the Pacific Coast Highway stopped him in his tracks. 

He waited there for 20 minutes for the sun to drop to the top of his frame before making his image with a Canon 7D Mark II.

"The blooms looked like they were reaching out toward the sun," he said. 

Contrary to popular belief, century plants do not bloom every 100 years. They typically flower every 10 to 30 years before dying off. Dyrli said this century plant stood 20 feet tall. 

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