Jacaranda dreams by Celeste Mookherjee

One afternoon I went on a jacaranda tour with my camera, wandering through local neighborhoods where the trees were blooming (in Long Beach, California, USA). When the jacaranda trees bloom, I can hear them calling my name. I usually respond by making closeup photos of the blossoms, but this time I wanted to capture the stately grace of an entire tree and use a Lensbaby optic to convey the dreamy quality of the blossoming branches. Of the many jacaranda trees I photographed that afternoon, this one spoke to me and even seemed to dance as the breeze played among her blossoms.

This image was composed in camera (no crop) and only minimally processed. (Olympus E-5 & Lensbaby Composer Pro/Sweet 35, f/4, 1/2500 sec., ISO 200, afternoon sun, handheld)

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

    On a recent afternoon I went on a jacaranda tour with my camera and Lensbaby, wandering through local neighborhoods where the graceful trees are in bloom. I love the dreamy quality and feeling of motion the Lensbaby added to the soft parts of the image. This image was composed in the camera (no crop) and was only minimally processed.

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Poplealmost 2 years ago

    It really does add a dreamy quality, as you say Celeste . . .lovely . .x

  • Thank you very much, Teresa!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 2 years ago

    It is such a beautiful image Celeste ~ the effects are wonderful, but I must admit to being able to view it for only short periods of time…. (vertigo spin outs)….
    It is absolutely just gorgeous ~ wonderful light and the most beautiful colour…. I love Jacarandas…

  • Sharon, thank you for the wonderful compliment. I’m really sorry the image gives you vertigo reactions.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Celeste! Thanks so much for including the details, too!!!

  • Thanks very much, Lynn – glad you like it! I always try to include details in my descriptions, but I’m now repeating that info on the image page.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Thank you, Ann!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    Really does feel like a dream. Just love this you know:) Good morning!

  • Thank you, Donna – what a lovely comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely trees, nice lensbaby effect! Do these have a scent?

  • Thanks very much, Angie! Yes, these do have a scent. It’s soft, light and very pleasant (to me anyway).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • fauselr
    fauselralmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

    JOSEPHMAZZUCCOalmost 2 years ago

    A wonderfully dreamy effect indeed.. a beautiful capture, Celeste !

  • The jacarandas are such beautiful trees, but conveying that beauty is not always easy. I’m so glad you like this one, Joseph – thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Well worth

  • Thank you very much, John!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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