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The diva's final aria by Celeste Mookherjee

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The dramatic dahlias are ending their season, and some manage to be beautiful even in their dying moments. This one made me think of Violetta’s voluminous skirts draped over a chaise during her final aria in La Traviata (at age nine, my first opera and a profoundly moving experience). (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/100 sec., ISO 1250, open shade, handheld) Post-processing/subtle painting effect with Topaz filters; textures courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations.

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (January 2014)

Nominated to VaVoom’s A Tribute to Women exhibition

See my work in VaVoom’s, A Tribute to Women,
sponsored by Solo Exhibition

Top 10 in “Past its Prime” challenge in This, That, and the Other Thing group (November 2014)

Winner of “Wilting Flowers” challenge in #1 Favorites group (August 2014)

Top 10 in “Flowers Past Their Prime” challenge in Live, Love, Dream group (April 2014)

Top 10 in “Beautiful final” challenge in the group 3D – Daffodils, Dahlias & Dandelions (November 2012)

Top 10 in “End of Summer” challenge in Flower in Macro group (October 2012)

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Super superb capture Celeste.

  • Thank you very much, Julie! I wasn’t sure how this one would be received, but I saw and felt the poignancy of the moment and felt I had to share it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderful title Celeste . . . .and I agree this is very beautiful . . .and I think that flower would be hugely contented and satisfied at this time. I love the delicate colour tones and the way you’ve incorporated the texture is beautiful . . .

  • Thank you so much, Teresa! I never thought about the flower feeling contented and satisfied, but likely so for the happiness her beauty has brought.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • OpalFire
    OpalFireabout 3 years ago

    It still has the varying shades of colour. Well captured.

  • Thanks, Maggie. Looking through the dahlia garden yesterday, I noticed that the purple/pink varieties held onto some color longer than others.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsabout 3 years ago

    So dramatic and so beautiful!!!!!!

  • Thank you, Eby! She is indeed dramatic and in fact reminded me of Violetta’s dying aria in La Traviata.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 3 years ago

    another beauty!!

  • Thanks very much, Elaine!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful, reminds me of a ballet skirt!

  • Thank you, Cindy! Yes, it could be a ballet skirt.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 1 year ago

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 1 year ago

    love it:)

  • Thanks very much, Tereza!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • tori yule
    tori yule12 months ago

    Your work is beautiful, Celeste. I didn’t need to read the description to know how you saw this. Beauty until the end, this is so full of grace.

  • Not everyone connects with what I saw in this dahlia, but I’m so pleased that you did. Thank you for leaving such a precious comment, Tori.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • tori yule
    tori yule12 months ago

    You are invited to exhibit this work in a special VaVoom group exhibit,
    titled “A Tribute to Women”, sponsored by Solo Exhibition.
    Click the banner or follow this link for instructions.

    Please post a large version of your work in the comment box of the exhibition here, along with any poems, prose, writings or images.

  • Forget making my day – you made my entire weekend! Thank you so very much, Tori.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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