The dahlia garden at my local botanical garden is a rich source of photographic subjects. This is a close view of the first dinner plate dahlia to bloom in the garden, and I loved the wavy curls of its vivid petal tips. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/125 sec., ISO 200, overcast, handheld — composed in camera, no crop)

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Top 10 in “Flowering Bulb Plants” challenge in Monochrome in Color (May 2012)

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  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Poplealmost 3 years ago

    I love close ups like this Celeste they highlight a world that is often overlooked. Beautiful . . . .

  • Thanks, Teresa. I think you and I are in agreement about the beauty of small things that are often overlooked. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasalmost 3 years ago

    This is the most delicious monochrome! Being one color brings to light the marvelous shapes of these petals. Well done!!!

  • Thank you, Christine. The wonderful petal shapes are just one of the reasons I so love to photograph dahlias.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    The shapes and tips of those gorgeous petals are just stunning, Celeste….

  • Thanks, Katherine. I’m mad about dahlia petals. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely composition.


  • Thanks very much, Debra. I’m so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • LadyThegn
    LadyThegnover 2 years ago

    Amazing work on capturing the waves in the petals Celeste!

  • Thanks very much, Elizabeth! I love dahlias for their fascinating and varied petal shapes.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Monochrome in Color group (clickable banner)

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  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 2 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, wonderful work!

  • Thank you very much, so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 2 years ago


  • Thank you, Charmiene!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    P R E T T Y

  • Thanks so much, Lorilee!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

    Such pretty colour and shapes, a lovely image Celeste

  • Thank you! I do love the varied shapes of dahlia petals.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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