The jacaranda trees are in glorious bloom where I live (Long Beach, California, USA), and it has become a May ritual for me to spend some quality time photographing the trees and their blooms. I was fortunate to find one tree with a low branch thick with blossoms at eye level so that I could use my macro lens for this intimate floral portrait. For an especially light and airy feeling, I added two subtle layers of one texture (Spring Impasto “Awakening”) from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/100 sec., ISO 320, afternoon sun, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...5 months ago

    The jacaranda trees are in glorious bloom where I live (Long Beach, California, USA), and it has become a May ritual for me to spend some quality time photographing the trees and their blooms. I was fortunate to find one tree with a low branch thick with blossoms at eye level so that I could use my macro lens for this intimate floral portrait. For an especially light and airy feeling, I added two subtle layers of one texture (Spring Impasto “Awakening”) from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.

  • Cynthia Harris
    Cynthia Harris5 months ago

    Very lovely image Celeste!

  • Thank you very much, Cynthia!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minor5 months ago

    Oh! They are lovely, Celeste! I don’t think I have ever seen one of these in person. We have a catalpa tree with similar large blooms, & it is always the last tree to bloom, but they are white with a bit of pink. I love the mauve colour of yours!

  • Thanks very much, Laurie! I had to look for catalpa online to see if it’s similar to jacaranda, which is tropical to subtropical in origin. The long seedpods are similar and both trees belong to the same family (Bignoniaceae), but it looks as if catalpa flowers may be larger than jacaranda flowers.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • designingjudy
    designingjudy5 months ago

    beautiful!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devine5 months ago

    A very pretty watercolour effect – and of course your skilled use of texturing adds another dimension!

  • Thank you for that lovely compliment, Bette!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teague5 months ago

    Beautiful close up Celeste.

  • Thank you kindly, Elaine!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • RickDavis
    RickDavis5 months ago

    I love the artistic look you have given it and enjoyed reading about it!!

    Rick

  • Thanks very much, Rick! Certain subjects or the feelings they evoke in me seem to ask for particular kinds of processing. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • autumnwind
    autumnwind5 months ago

    Absolutely stunning, and love the effect you used. These are gorgeous and this looks like a painting.
    So, so beautiful. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Thank you so much, Shar! It was breezy and bright that afternoon, which seemed to play up the fragility of the blossoms. Subtle texturing seemed to help convey that fragility.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB5 months ago

    Beautiful macro, Celeste!! I fell in love with these trees when we visited Australia and love to see them here as well. Sadly, I don’t think they would survive the wet and cold of the Pacific Northwest, or I would have at least one in my yard!!

  • Thank you, Teresa! They are such a glorious sight in May, but I’m pretty sure they require a warm climate as they are native to tropical and subtropical regions of South America.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhoto5 months ago

    Celeste, a delightful burst of purple against the green background.
    Bob

  • Bob, thank you very much! The masses of purple are gorgeous where the trees are planted along some streets here.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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