Luminous tree dahlia by Celeste Mookherjee

Tree dahlias (Dahlia imperialis) are native to Mexico and Central America. The trees are about 10 to 15 feet tall and bear large and lovely, delicate-looking flowers in pinks and purples. Bees love the flowers and can be seen in large numbers during these dahlias’ two blooming seasons. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/5, 1/200 sec., ISO 400, backlight from morning sun, handheld)

Second Place in “Single Flowered Dahlia” challenge in 2D – Daffodils & Dahlias group (September 2011)

Featured in Shapes & Patterns (12 September 2012)

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  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Superb! I It glows like a tiny sun surrounded by lavender clouds! Great composition, color, focus, and capture of light!

  • Thank you, Joanne! What a description you wrote. I’m so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    I have no words that can top what Joanne said… she said it so well… this is just outstanding, Celeste.

  • No need to top words. It’s more than enough to know that you like the photo. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    P R E T T Y

  • Thanks very much, Lorilee

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Lovely work

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    The colours in this a re just wonderful Celeste and the light stunning. Classic Celeste . . .

  • Thanks again, Teresa. It’s amazing ow much backlighting can add to a flower image!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    Hi Celeste, guess I didn’t phrase that very well… I just meant that Joanne put it so perfectly any words I had would not do justice to just how beautiful this dahlia is..

  • No worries. :) I’m just delighted to know that you and Joanne (and others) like it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • pauldana
    pauldanaover 2 years ago

    Outstanding representation of a flower

  • Thank you, Paul, for such a great comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 2 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 2 years ago

    Great shot Celeste, love the colours.

  • Thank you, Ralph! With the right light, these are amazing flowers.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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