This stage of bloom in pink rice flowers (Ozothamnus diosmifolius, an Australian native) is past the white and pink bud stage when florists like to use it. However, I find this strawflower-like stage quite delicately beautiful. The flowers are approximately life-size as you view this page, and these are the natural beige colors of the flowers. I added only a slightly blurred glow as a vignette. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/11, 1/500 sec., ISO 200, morning sun, handheld) Here’s another image from my portfolio showing the pink buds:

Featured in Shapes and Patterns (24 May 2012)

Please preview cards, prints, etc. by choosing from the menu bar below the image.


beige, celeste m, celeste mookherjee, flora, flower, macro, ozothamnus diosmifolius, patterns, pink rice flower

Passionate about photography, especially nature subjects!

contact me

My work is NOT in the Public Domain. My work is protected under U.S. and International Copyright and may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, edited, altered, published, distributed, or transmitted via any medium without my express written permission IN ADVANCE. Please do NOT pin my work on Pinterest. All images are copyright ©2004-2014, Celeste Mookherjee, all rights reserved.

View Full Profile


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

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Lovely capture:))

  • Thanks very much for such a quick comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous tones. Beautiful.

  • Thank you very much, Joy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • LadyThegn
    LadyThegnabout 2 years ago

    This is a beautiful image Celeste! Very nice and delicate.

  • Thank you, Elizabeth, so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnetteHoll
    AnnetteHollabout 2 years ago

    gorgeous shot Celeste, I love the blurred vignette it’s a beautiful touch !

  • Thanks very much, Annette! I’m glad you like the vignette. I wanted to add a finishing touch but keep it very subtle.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully photographed, Celeste. Have to confess that I am not familiar with this rice flower and it is not similar to any that I do know!

  • Thank you, Bette! I’ve since added a small image link to another photo of mine that shows the pink stage. Perhaps that will look familiar to you.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 2 years ago

    congratulations on your feature

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    What beautiful flowers these are..I have never seen these.. when you view large you can see the creamy sort of white color mixed in with the beige…and as I always admire your exposure.. I searched for blown out highlights.. not a one…just kidding..but there’s none….Excellent photography, Celeste…and really pretty flower too! ….you can even see petal detail in the light-color areas…

  • Thanks, Katherine! These are small and delicate, and it does take some care to avoid overexposure. You know me and my devotion to the histogram. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsabout 2 years ago

    Very nice. A beautiful image of the straw flower.

  • Thanks very much, Sandra!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakabout 2 years ago

    I love the color, shapes and patterns in this capture – congratulations on your feature! The blurred glow vignette really emphasizes the clarity and detail in the center.

  • Thank you, Anita! These flowers are so dainty and incredibly detailed that I wanted to share a macro view. I’m glad you like my vignette effect!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait