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Sparkling poinsettias - card by Celeste Mookherjee

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Poinsettia is the classic Christmas flower to many, and this capture is from the day after Christmas (and an overnight rain) at my local botanical garden. This is not a potted plant but rather a very large shrub (about 8 feet high) at the edge of the dahlia garden. The gardeners cut it back after its blooming season, and it grows back strong and healthy in time to bloom again for the holidays. The actual flower is the yellow part. The red parts are actually bracts (leaves). (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 400, overcast, handheld)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Christmas/Avatar” challenge in Gorgeous Flower Cards group (December 2013)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “A Christmas Card” challenge in Gorgeous Flower Cards group (December 2011)

Featured in Gorgeous Flower Cards (26 November 2013)

Featured in Gorgeous Flower Cards (21 November 2011)

Featured in The Best of RedBubble (24 November 2011)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 3 years ago

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  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 3 years ago

    Lovely card!

  • Thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 3 years ago

    Looks so good as a Christmas Card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 3 years ago

    Congratulations, 22/11/2011…Shirley

  • Thank you so much, Shirley!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature, Celeste, very well deserved!!!!

  • Eby, thanks very much! I truly appreciate your comments and support!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 3 years ago

    The poinsettia plant must be a gorgeous sight, and your card does it justice:>)

  • Thank you for your comment! The plant is quite special when it’s in full bloom (and I noticed yesterday that it’s looking healthy and sending out a few reddish bracts).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Alison Murphy
    Alison Murphyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture! My mum loved Poinsettias and she loved Christmas, so special meaning to me. Well done.

  • Thank you, Ainslie, for sharing your special memory of your mum and Christmas. I’m glad my photo stirred good memories for you.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 3 years ago
    very Christmasy and so beautiful
  • Thanks very much, Elaine!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! You have been featured in The Best of Red Bubble, November 24, 2011! Please visit the forum post to see the other featured images and congratulate your fellow artists.

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your top 10 placement in the Christmas Card challenge in the GORGEOUS FLOWER Cards Group! We always will love the poinsettias:>)

  • Thanks very much! Yes, poinsettias are an enduring sign of the season.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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