South Coast Botanic Garden (California) has many scattered plantings of bougainvillea, but my favorite is the clump along the perimeter road bearing red and orange bracts that burst into glory when backlit. Here you can see the intensity of the backlit red bracts with a trio of silhouetted flower buds. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 100, morning sun, handheld)

Co-winner (5-way tie!) of “Red and One Other Color” challenge in Bicolor Beauties group (April 2013)

Featured in International Women’s Photography (1 September 2013)

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  • OpalFire
    OpalFireover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous detail and fiery colour!

  • Thanks, Maggie! I love this color.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, great light and detail.

  • Thank you, Cindy. Bougainvillea bracts come alive in backlighting.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    Wow, that’s incredible… that color and your capture of the light and texture AND that color, again, is amazing… I keep mentioning the color as I don’t do red. Maybe it’s my camera but, together, red no longer exists for us…. last night I was out in the neighborhood taking some photos of new summer flowers and I came across some really unusual red flowers but.. just walked on by .. I could try for hours and never get a red as you have done here… great photography.

    So… I guess it’s your turn now to be treated to William and Kate. They were in Canada for the past week or so and are hugely popular.. they both seem very genuine and, I think, have been successful in capturing the attention of younger people… I had to chuckle when one of the headlines read.. Royalty now meets Hollywood Royalty… right….

    Enjoy your week-end, Celeste, and I hope you are doing well.

  • Thanks, Katherine! All I can say about red is that I practiced and experimented a lot to learn how to capture the color my eyes saw. Even so, I still bracket exposures.

    There’s definitely some excitement here about the royal visit, even though they will be here just three days.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 3 years ago

    Excellent work!

  • And thank YOU!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous and vivid. Love the silhouette of the stamen.

  • Thanks very much, Judy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much, Tracy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 2 years ago

    Whoa….Stunning red, and awesome little shadow!!!!!!

  • Thanks very much, Laurie! One particular bush always catches my eye when backlight hits the red bracts, as the bush seems to light up!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • aprilann
    aprilannalmost 2 years ago

    There has been a five-way tie and you have won the Red and One Other Color – Bicolor Beauties – April 17, 2013.

    You and your image will be featured on our Homepage and in our Permanent Winners Gallery.

    Please click HERE and enter or vote in the current challenges.

    Great job!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 2 years ago

    Rich and vibrant. Beautiful work

  • Thanks very much, Joy! I can’t resist a backlit bougainvillea. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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