The white angel’s trumpets are a glorious sight when they are blooming at my local botanical garden, and one can smell their heady perfume upon entering their area. These are double blooms, a flower within a flower, and I held this one up with one hand while holding my camera in my other to capture the incredible beauty of the inner bloom lit from behind by the sun. You are looking straight into the bell of the trumpet and seeing the wonderfully delicate texture of the pale petals and the usually hidden inner mysteries of the flower. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/500 sec., ISO 200, backlight from midday sun, handheld)

GRAND FINALIST: fourth Gardens in Focus competition, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia (June 2014)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (23 May 2012)

Shown in juried art exhibit, South Bay Contemporary, at PS Zask Gallery in Rolling Hills Estates, California (July and August 2013)

Special Merit Award in the worldwide Abstract juried art competition and appears in the Abstract Art Exhibition – April 2013 at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Top 10 (2nd Place) in "November Features Challenge in Feminine Intent* (December 2013)

Top 10 in “Art Gallery Choice” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (October 2013)

Top 10 in “What do you photograph most” challenge in The Woman Photographer group (August 2013)

Featured in Peace, Love & Tranquility (6 November 2013)

Featured in Feminine Intent (1 November 2013)

Featured in Zingers (25 July 2013)

Featured in The Woman Photographer (23 July 2013)

Featured in THE GROUP (22 May 2012)

Featured in Macro Magic (15 August 2011)

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  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    Celeste, the delicacy of the colour is beautiful, this really is a wonderful piece of work. My congratulations this is simple stunning . . . . .

  • Thanks very much, Teresa. I love and respect your work so much, and so your opinion means a lot to me.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Nick Boren
    Nick Borenover 3 years ago

    This is a fantastic image …. the lighting is marvelous.. :-)

  • Thank you, Nick! Your comments are so welcome and mean so much because I also appreciate your work a lot!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for the welcome!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Exquisite! The light captured is extraordinary! Oh the petals are so beautiful and luminescent!

  • Thank you, Joanne. Petals love back-lighting, even when it comes from midday sun.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    I could have three hands and still not have the steadiness you do with One Hand… really impressive work, Celeste. The light and the fragility of those petals is just so perfectly captured by you…it really does appear to be an inner sanctum of sorts.. and almost makes the viewer feeling like an intruder.. you have so conveyed that sense of privacy and beauty.

  • Thanks, Katherine. One-handed really wasn’t a big deal on this because my camera has image stabilization and my shutter speed was fast. Besides, it was the only way I could get the view I wanted, straight up into the trumpet.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Gregoria  Gregoriou Crowe
    Gregoria Greg...over 3 years ago

    what a beautiful capture… really well done… ;-)

  • Thanks very much, Gregoria!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 3 years ago

    stunning beauty Celeste ! lovely capture

  • Elaine, thank you! I’m glad you like it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Astounding beauty and otherworldly lighting! Beautifully captured! I don’t believe I have ever seen one of these before so a real treat to read the info!

  • Thank you, Angie. This image is special to me, and it’s so gratifying when someone like you comes along and uses words like “otherworldly,” telling me that my vision has connected with a viewer. That means so much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Jan Pudney
    Jan Pudneyover 3 years ago

    How absolutely beautiful – love the delicate colours. It has a real feeling of intimacy.

  • Thanks very much, Jan. I’m glad the feeling of intimacy communicates.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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