Trumpet trees and gazebo by Celeste Mookherjee

This is part of the upper meadow at South Coast Botanic Garden (Rancho Palos Verdes, California) and the scene of many weddings and other special events. The magnificent trumpet trees are a hybrid of yellow and pink varieties, resulting in variegated apricot-colored blooms (botanical name in the tags). The trees are at peak beauty right now (February 2012). (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 89mm, f/11, 1/320 sec., ISO 200, morning sun, handheld)

Top 10 in “Manicured Garden” challenge in Gorgeous Flower Cards group (November 2014)
Top 10 in “The Romantic Garden” challenge in All Glorious Gardens (July 2013)
Top 10 in “Blooming big trees” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (April 2013)
Top 10 in “Avatar Challenge” in All Glorious Gardens (May 2012)

Featured in Our Planets Scenery (5 April 2013)
Featured in All Glorious Gardens (17 April 2012)
Featured in Gardens, Parks, Trees & Shrubs (18 February 2012)

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

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleabout 3 years ago

    Oh I do envy you your botanical garden Celeste . . .these trees are superb and I love this image . . .gorgeous . . .xx

  • Thank you so much, Teresa! The gardens are my favorite place to be on a Sunday morning.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    Those trumpet trees are certainly beautiful…they are full and lush…just lovely….I suppose they are like the cherry blossoms which only stay at their best for about two days…it seems….just an enchanting scene, Celeste…

  • Thanks, Katherine! These last much longer than cherry blossoms, although they start to get a bit ragged-looking up close even while they remain pretty from a distance. Even cherry blossoms in this garden are usually good for a few weeks of attractive display (assuming no heavy storms).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago
    a lovely and romantic capture!
  • Thank you, Angie! It’s definitely a romantic spot and one of the most popular outdoor wedding locations in the Los Angeles area.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image!!

  • Thanks, Tracy, it’s a very beautiful place.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 3 years ago

    What a great place to spend the day Celeste…..

  • Thank you, Thomas! Yes, it’s a fun place — all 87 acres of it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work

  • Thanks so much, Joy, I’m glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 3 years ago

    This photo is eligible to be entered into the $20 challenge for February 2012. Good luck!

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellabout 3 years ago

    Please consider adding this wonderful image to All Glorious Gardens

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