Belle of the Balta by Anita Pollak

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This lovely rhododendron blooms in late April or early May, and the pink-tinged white blossoms are just glorious. They often don’t last very long so I have to make sure I catch them while they last.

The Balta is a PJM hybrid – the PJM was named for Peter J. Mezitt, founder of Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Mass.

Nikon D300S with Nikon 60mm micro lens.

I played around a lot with this until I got the look I wanted. There’s a layer each of Topaz Simplify Oil and Color Sketch (set to soft light), plus the Apple Moss texture from Flypaper Textures.

Featured in International Women’s Photography (March 26, 2013)

I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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  • seeingred13
    seeingred13over 1 year ago

    So delicate. Lovely composition. I was out yesterday, shooting flowers like a mad woman. It’s as though there were none and now the buds are just starting to pop! I don’t think I ever had such an awareness of “the first buds of springs” like this until I started Red Bubble a few months ago. Now you have captured it. Congratulations.

  • What a lovely comment, thank you so much, Marguerite! I know what you mean about how the buds suddenly begin to pop and I can’t wait until I have some flowers to shoot. The daffodils probably won’t be blooming until the second week of April, so I do have a bit of a wait! G

    Good luck with your flower-shooting adventures!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Marie – I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 1 year ago

    You did a beautiful job! This is an exquisite image of a gorgeous flower!!! Love the info too!
    Hugs, shar xoxoxoxxoxoxoox

  • Oh, you are so kind, Shar! Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the fave!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 1 year ago

  • Thank you, Peter!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Aase
    Aaseover 1 year ago

    So beautiful and soft, congratulations on the feature Anita:-)

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, and the fave, Aase, and thanks for stopping by!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Albert!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Beautifully done

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Joy!

    – Anita Pollak

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