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An azalea bud had just revealed its first blossom. Each of the closed darker purple sprouts will become a full-fledged pastel hued azalea blossom very soon. This magical process of nature is a wonderful thing to see.

The very closeup macro photo was captured on May 7th, 2010, using a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro prime lens. The shutter speed was 1/20th sec. at f/6.7. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a Manfrotto 222 “pistol grip” head.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2010 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Ray!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    oh very pretty composition, Gene! it is wonderful to see, as you say, no doubt

  • Thanks, Maureen! I tried to find a blossom on a bud that would visually demonstrate how all of those lovely azalea flowers came to be. I thought this blooming bud showed that best.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Cee!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Superb colors; grand shot, Gene.

  • Thanks, Sheila! It really intrigued me to see the transformation from a bud to a flower so clearly in a single image. I thought that people would like to see exactly how those cone-like buds on a rhododendron bush became full fledged azaleas.

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • clizzio
    clizzioover 4 years ago

    Lovely color and background.

  • Thank you so kindly, Cindy!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful shot, such deep colours

  • Thanks a bunch, Kala!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Congratulations you have been chosen as the featured member for June in Rhododendrons and Azaleas Group

  • My most sincere thanks! This wonderful honor is deeply appreciated!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Terry Temple
    Terry Templeover 4 years ago

    This is simply Marvelous work…..So Beautiful!

  • Thank you very kindly, Terry!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Glad to do it, Ann! Thanks!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you very, very much for this extremely kind honor, Esperanza! I’m thrilled to see this photo Featured in the Rhododendrons group!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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