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Prickly pear cactus (opuntia), captured as-is – really! Photographed in the cactus garden of South Coast Botanic Garden (Palos Verdes, California, USA). No Photoshop nudging or squishing, just a slight crop and minor sharpening. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 35mm macro, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100, late afternoon sun, handheld)

Dedicated to the one and only Elton John, who had a hit song titled “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” a duet with Kiki Dee recorded in 1976.

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (October 2013)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Hearts in Nature” challenge in Backyard Macro and Closeups group (February 2014)

Top 10 in “Something Beginning with ‘H’” challenge in Country Gardens Come Grow With Us group (February 2014)

Top 10 in “Cacti & Succulents” challenge in Monochrome in Color (October 2013)

Featured in Backyard Macro & Closeups (9 March 2014)

Featured in International Women’s Photography (22 October 2013)

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backlight, cactus, celeste m, celeste mookherjee, flora, heart, heartbreak, hurt, love, opuntia, ouch, painful, prickly, spines, thorns

Passionate about photography, especially nature subjects!

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...10 months ago

    Prickly pear cactus (opuntia), captured as-is – really! Photographed in the cactus garden of South Coast Botanic Garden (Palos Verdes, California, USA). No Photoshop nudging or squishing, just a slight crop and minor sharpening.

  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPA10 months ago

    Who would.

  • Ha – love your reaction. :) Thanks very much, Tom.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon10 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Thank you, Ann!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • peaky40
    peaky4010 months ago

    Fantastic image Celeste!

  • Thank you very much! I appreciate the visit and comment.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder10 months ago

    Lovely lighting in this

  • Thanks very much! I loved the way the backlighting played up the spines and heart shapes.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeon10 months ago

    Lovely capture, Celeste!

  • Thank you, Lynn!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lensbaby
    lensbaby10 months ago

    Beautiful capture and perfect title Celeste!

  • Thank you! I couldn’t ignore the shapes and the light, but it took me a while to come up with a title.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnson10 months ago

    Gorgeous image! I love the light and shapes!!

  • Thanks very much, Kristi! The light and heart shapes were such an exciting find that afternoon.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhoto10 months ago

    Celeste, perfect light for this.
    Bob

  • Bob, thanks very much! Yes, backlight is good with cactus spines.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Melodyone
    Melodyone10 months ago

    I’m not afraid to give a hug… Hug!
    :)

  • You are brave. :) Thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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