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Dewy butterfly iris by Celeste Mookherjee

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This image of a dewy butterfly iris (aka African iris, Cape iris, fortnight lily) was recovered from a failed memory card — an image I thought was gone forever (along with 39 others) until an online friend suggested that I try FileSalvage (Mac-only, Subrosasoft), which recovered all lost files! I mention it just in case it may be of help to someone else. The flower is a common sight for many months of the year in Southern California. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 200, overcast, handheld) I used three textures from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.

Featured in Olympus and Four Thirds Group (7 January 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    What a cool center to the flower….looks like a glass crystal….

  • Thank you, Thomas. That crystalline look is one of the reasons I love photographing flowers in the early morning, before the dew has a chance to evaporate.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    Wow, that is a beautiful color combo….so glad you were able to recover this, Celeste.. it’s stunning!

  • Thanks very much, Katherine! Yes, the colors of these flowers are very pretty.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thanks, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    So very beautiful!

  • Thanks very much, Tracy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    I am so glad that you were able to recover from your memory card this beauty. Indeed it looks like a butterfly. Love the tiny dewdrops and the beautiful clolor combination.
    Have a wonderful evening, Celeste!!!!

  • Thank you, Eby! I love photographing flowers with dewdrops.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 2 years ago

    Such exquisite central detail . . .lovely work . . .and thanks so much for the info re File Salvage x

  • Thanks very much, Teresa!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    Just gorgeous!!

  • Thank you, Sharona!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    Lovely detail and so glad you managed to get your images back again.

  • Thanks very much, Karen!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • marens
    marensover 2 years ago

    fantastic capture – beautifully done Celeste!!!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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