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A capture from the cactus garden at my local botanical garden between rain showers. This is some variety of Cleistocactus, possibly silver torch. The flower is quite small, extending roughly an inch to an inch and a half from the cactus column. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/16, 1/100 sec., ISO 1000)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (January 2014)

Winner of “A Cactus Flower or Cactus Flower Bud” challenge in #1 Favorites group (May 2014)

Featured in Flower in Macro (2 June 2011)

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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Cindy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful Macro!

  • Thank you, what an honor!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardover 3 years ago

    Fabulous detail Celeste and nicely composed botanical image

  • Thanks very much, Kym! This one was a challenge, between the rain showers and the sharp thorns everywhere. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • RightSideDown
    RightSideDownover 3 years ago

    Wondrous and bizarre. I’m sure I’ve seen this, in a science fiction movie, trying to eat people. Amazing how alien the world looks when close-up.

  • LOL, I know just what you mean. It’s the unexpected and sometimes strange beauty that makes macro endlessly fascinating to me.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Wendy-Wilton
    Wendy-Wiltonover 3 years ago

    Great detail, well earned feature

  • Thanks very much, Wendy. I was surprised and thrilled at the feature.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous photo!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 3 years ago

    Marvelous capture! Beautifully done!

  • Hi Glenn, thanks for stopping by again! I’m quite fascinated with cactus blooms. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7over 2 years ago

    This is gorgeous, Celeste, I’ve never seen anything like it, but it looks so exotic! Fine capture!
    Dave ;-)

  • Thank you, Dave! I can well imagine you wouldn’t have these in your climate, but we have a desert climate in a lot of Southern California. Many cactus blooms are indeed exotic!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Love the angle. Excellent capture and great details.

  • Thank you, Joy! Cactus flowers can be challenging, even downright dangerous, but they are often beautiful and exotic.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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