Painted Royal Azalea Bud by Anita Pollak

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The Royal Azalea is the first azalea to bloom in our yard, usually in early May. Of course everything is early this spring, so they are already in bloom. I shot this bud about 5 days ago when they were just starting to open – the entire shrub is now covered with beautiful blooms!
Nikon 300S and Nikon 105mm f/2.8 micro lens.

I used Nik Color Efex 4 Classical Soft Focus, Topaz Simplify Watercolor, and a very low opacity layer of Fractalius. The texture is Aventura from French Kiss Textures.

Featured in Backyard Macro and Close-ups (April 28, 2012)

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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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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    So often, buds are even more special than the flowers that later emerge. I have that feeling here, the promise of beauty yet to come! For all the post-processing and effects, the end result is subtle and delicate, which I think really suits this lovely bud.

  • Thank you so much for such a kind and thoughtful comment, Celeste! Buds really are the promise of beauty yet to come!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Anita!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Greta!

    – Anita Pollak

  • CRose
    CRoseover 2 years ago

    You may choose to submit this or another image to the One Bloom Challenge.
    Good luck! Your Host: CRose 04-23-12

  • Thank you so much for this honor, CRose!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Yool
    Yoolover 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Yool!

    – Anita Pollak

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much, barnsis

    – Anita Pollak

  • CRose
    CRoseover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on placing in the TOP 10! Your Host: CRose 04-30-12

  • Thank you so much, CRose!

    – Anita Pollak

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you, rocamiadesign!

    – Anita Pollak

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