As truly beautiful as the large pink and white flowers of a magnolia tree may be, the center cluster of colorful carpels and stamen is just as interesting to view. When you observe these blossoms very closely, you might be amazed by the loveliness and complexity of the blossom’s center cone-like floral axis.

This extremely closeup 1:1 macro photo was captured on March 23rd, 2012, just before sunset. It was photographed from the top step of an eight foot ladder. A Canon EOS 30D camera was used, with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Prime lens. The aperture was set to f/5, with a 1/80th second exposure (no flash). A Manfrotto tripod was used with the legs firmly attached to the ladder, for maximum stability.

This magnolia tree is located in my neighbor’s front yard, in the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The wind was determined to keep me from getting this shot. With a little patience, I was able to wait for a lull in the breeze, just long enough to allow me to capture this photo.

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Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2012 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

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Thanks a lot, Joy!

    Warmest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    superb work

  • Thank you so kindly!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 2 years ago

    Such a stunning macro Gene.

  • Thank you very much, Gabrielle!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • gypsygirl
    gypsygirlover 2 years ago

    Beautiful, great details!

  • Thank you very kindly!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Click on the banner to enter the challenge & Good Luck

  • This is fantastic news, Ray! I’m thrilled to have this shot Featured in “Closeups In Nature”! I will proudly enter this image into the challenge right away.

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thanks a bunch!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 2 years ago

    Superb piece, Gene!

  • Thank you very kindly, John! This one was a real challenge to capture. I’m so glad you like it!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 2 years ago

  • I am truly thrilled to receive this wonderful honor, Mattie! Thank you very, very much for Featuring this photo in “Extreme Close-ups”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineover 2 years ago

    Beautiful Gene, love the depth of field and color!

  • Thank you very kindly. Tim!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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