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A Japanese star magnolia at the moment when the bud first opens to the stage of new bloom. The quotation from Anaïs Nin seemed meant for this flower, even though her words were symbolic rather than literal. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 200, open shade, handheld) Texture (“Awaken”) courtesy of Kim Klassen Café.

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

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • Thank you, Tracy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 3 years ago

    Perfect !!!!! Very Nice Celeste……

  • Thank you, Thomas! I appreciate your comments!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 3 years ago

    just beautiful Celeste!

  • Thanks very much, Linda, for the lovely comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 3 years ago

    Now you are enjoying finding the right quotations? This is a very tender picture,Celeste.

  • Hi Bette! I have a whole file full of favorite quotations, just in case an image strikes a certain chord that harmonizes with a quotation I like. I’m also mindful of potential card designs, as I have cards in a few local gift shops. One woman with a flower and gift shop likes flower interpretations that are sensuous, and I’m sure she will like this one. :) Thanks as always for your meaningful comments!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work Celeste!! Love the softness of this!!!

  • Thank you very much, Sharon! The star magnolias are new to me, but I find I like working with them.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    So lovely, Celeste, with that gorgeous color and those words…so fitting…and, once again, your precise focus on that bud just draws the eye…beautifully taken…!

  • Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Katherine! This opening flower was just so graceful that I was immediately taken with it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Francis!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Astrid Ewing Photography
    Astrid Ewing P...almost 3 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful work!

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

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakalmost 3 years ago

    I love the soft colors and the wonderful angle of this image, Celeste. And the quote fits perfectly!

  • Thank you again, Anita! This quote has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and suddenly I had an image that really suited it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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