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Vivid Nigella by Celeste Mookherjee

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It was from other photographers that I first learned of Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist), and I’m always delighted when I find it growing somewhere. This especially deep blue flower (light blue and white are more common) was growing among cactuses, which accounts for my using a long zoom lens and not a macro one. :) (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 252mm [504mm equivalent in full-frame 35mm], f/5.6, 1/800 sec., ISO 200, morning sun, handheld)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (February 2014)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (June 2012)

Featured in One Single Flower on Display (15 February 2014)

Featured in Zingers (3 February 2014)

Featured in You Got it, We Want it (3 February 2014)

Featured in Enchanted Flowers (21 August 2012)

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Passionate about photography, especially nature subjects!

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

  • Sushikant S.
    Sushikant S.over 2 years ago


  • Thanks very much for the comment and fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    I could easily become infatuated with these flowers – but so far I have never met one!

  • Thank you, Bette! I never met one until a couple of years ago, and I was quite thrilled because I knew what it was from others’ photos. Apparently it is native to southern Europe. It seems to grow well here in Southern California and might do just fine where you are. It’s reported to grow easily from seed.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    Such a beautiful flower, Celeste, with gorgeous color and such detail twists and turns…

  • Thanks very much, Katherine! They are quite intricate flowers, like something out of a fairytale, and fun to photograph.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thank you so much, Martina!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work and light.
    I took a photo of these a while ago but have never seen them flowering there again.
    They are so interesting.

  • Thanks very much, Joy! I love these flowers for their singular and unusual beauty. Unless someone gathered the seedpods of the ones you saw, they should have self-seeded, as they’re known for that. There was one spot at my local botanical garden where I saw seedpods and no flowers, but I kept checking that spot because I recognized the seedpods. Sure enough, they came back on their own.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhover 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Harmeet!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    Great image!! I have never seen one of these before!!

  • Thank you, Kristi! I had never seen one until a couple of years ago (other than photos by other people), and now I love coming across them.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 2 years ago

    Just lovely, Celeste. One of my favourite flowers. Cat:)

  • Thanks so much, Cat! They are such special flowers that I’m always excited to find a few to photograph.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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