Dahlia imperialis 'California Angel' by Celeste Mookherjee

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I’ve been visiting my local botanical garden for about six years and had somehow never seen anything but pink or light purple tree dahlias. A few days ago I was surprised to see white tree dahlia double blooms WAY above my head. They were so pretty in the morning sun, but I had to pull out my telephoto zoom to show any detail. The background is a mix of blue sky and blurred bare tree trunks (no manipulation). (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 86mm, f/5, 1/320 sec., ISO 200, morning sun, handheld)

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

    A snapshot of the tree. To give you a sense of scale, the background building is a garage or storage building about 12 feet (3.66 meters) tall. The closest flowers to the ground (on the right) are about 12 feet up!

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

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 3 years ago

    The colors are wonderful Celeste…the background is like a soft watercolor painting…..Beautiful..!!

  • Thanks very much, Thomas! The background was a combination of luck and a good f/stop for the distance. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 3 years ago

    this lets me think of drum i bought in den haag, greeat shape if not old, just as an baby size also:))

  • Thank you and happy new year!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 3 years ago

    Wow! I have never seen a white one either Celeste! What a great find. Love this image and the background colours looks so pretty!!!

  • Not only white but a double bloom — I was so surprised to see these flowers! Thank you, Sharona – and Happy New Year!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...almost 3 years ago

    Brilliant image Celeste! Beautiful!

  • Thanks very much, Elizabeth!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • czanti
    czantialmost 3 years ago

    Quite spectacular!

  • Thank you, Cindy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    Wow, I can’t believe you got this with your telephoto….(I typed telephone for some reason.. that would be weird but so many people are now using smart phones to take photos…)…. the clarity and detail of those petals is beautiful and they have a lovely translucent quality also….I was picturing you up on a ladder as I looked at the shot below…

  • My telephoto has some macro capability, and that comes in handy when I can’t get physically close (definitely the case here!). Thank you, Katherine!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Thanks very much,Tracy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Poplealmost 3 years ago

    A beautiful shot . . and the colour of the background is so beautiful and sets off the delicacy of the flower so well . .x

  • Sorry to be so late responding, but I seem to have missed this comment of yours! It was such a beautiful morning with that blue sky. I was really glad I had my long lens with me so that I could frame a flower against the sky. Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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