“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
~T.S. Elliot

A dahlia bud taken at the NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC, USA

Canon 7D
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro
Textures by Shadowhouse Creations and Emma Cox applied in Paint.NET


dahlia, textures, bud, flower

Being creative is good for my soul. : )
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  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...about 3 years ago

    I think I am going to have to get rid of “cool previews” as it keeps exiting before I am finished my comment.. so annoying.. Okay, back to you.. the circle of life is so well portrayed in this image and you have given this dahlia bud a very nostalgic appeal and, for a little bud, that’s quite something and excellent work. Such creative use of tones, Christine, and once again your work provokes thought…. Well done, my friend.

  • Thank you dear Kat! I didn’t know much about dahlias until we went to the arboretum, I was more amazed by the buds then by the flowers. I thought they looked like little chinese lanterns or balloons. Glad you like it!

    – Christine Annas

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 3 years ago

    The color tones in blue are sublime on this image! Wonderful capture of light and composition. Love your quote!

  • Thank you so much for your time and lovely comment, Joanne!

    – Christine Annas

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 3 years ago

    Such a true statement about life…and the cycle…. Beautiful processing on this one…lovely work Christine!

  • Thank you, Wendi. I edited this shot based on that theme, the age old and amazing process of life and death.

    – Christine Annas

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazeabout 3 years ago

    Stunning image.

  • Thank you!

    – Christine Annas

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 3 years ago

    Quote is perfect as is your awesome treatment of this Chrissy!!!! So lovely GF.. :)))x

  • Hey Girlie! What’choo doin’? So nice to log on and see your smiling face. Thanks so much for the comment and fave!!!

    – Christine Annas

  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Ron!

    – Christine Annas

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful image as mentioned and awesome treatment, also mentioned! I stand by their words as perfect description of you image!

  • Thank you so very much, Glenn!

    – Christine Annas

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieabout 3 years ago

    Christine, I LOVE your dahlia bud, and the quote just as much! Congratulations! : )

  • Thanks so much for the comment and the feature dear Stephanie!!!

    – Christine Annas

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™about 3 years ago

    Lovely work Chris, suits my blue mood today LOL!

  • LOL, I am out of my B&W mood and into blue!! Thanks Chris!

    – Christine Annas

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 3 years ago

    this is FABulous Christine!!! Love it!!

  • Thank you dear Gena!!

    – Christine Annas

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