This tree mallow flower is a hybrid cultivar of Lavatera assurgentifolia (native to the Channel Islands off California) and Lavatera venosa from off Baja California. I love the elaborate center for its appearance, but this flower is more than just a pretty face – it is a nectar source for the Painted Lady butterfly. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 400, open shade, handheld) Texture (used in background behind flower only) courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (June 2013)

Top 10 in “October Zinger of the Month” challenge in Zingers (November 2012)

Winner of “Flower Name Starting with ‘M’” challenge in Enchanted Flowers group (October 2012)

Featured in THE GROUP (20 February 2012)

Featured in Absolute Clarity (19 February 2012)

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

  • LadyThegn
    LadyThegnover 2 years ago

    Wow! What an incredible image Celeste!

  • Thanks very much, Elizabeth! I photographed many of these flowers over a long period of time before I was really happy with my results. The flowers hide behind the leaves, and only a few of them have this wildly curled structure that I became fascinated with.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 2 years ago

    The centre looks like an elaborately styled piece of jewellery, delicate, intricate and sparkling . . .I love the way this looks Celeste . . . x

  • Thank you, Teresa! The curly center caught my attention, but it took many tries over time to reach this image.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    This is one of your most spectacular flowers, Celeste!!!!!
    Fascinating beauty, and you captured it so well. The texture work is such a good fit.

  • Thanks very much, Eby! I put a lot of time and effort into capturing this elusive beauty. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Wow! The detail in this macro is astounding! Beautiful image!

  • Thank you so much, Angie! I invested considerable time and effort in this one!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 2 years ago

    How beautiful…excellent close-up and clarity :o)

  • Thanks very much, Dawn!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    Excellent! my friend… you created the thoughtfully artwork…
    I have speechless…
    Quote of the Day
    A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
    Nelson Mandela said and we thoughtfully.

  • Thank you, Sunny! Yes, this was thoughtful and took some effort, I think worth it for such unusual beauty.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 2 years ago

    Love everything about this one, it’s gorgeous!!!!

  • Thanks very much, Chris!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    WOW !! BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thank you, Ann!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Astrid Ewing Photography
    Astrid Ewing P...over 2 years ago

    Stunning detail, this is wonderful!

  • Thank you, Astrid, for such a lovely comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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