“Grace is neither gentleness nor fragility. Grace is treating yourself, others, and even inanimate objects with respect.”
– Kamand Kojouri
This is the image I was after when I made the image in my previous post. This is my first year planting rhododendrons and I’m not sure why I did not do it earlier. They are absolutely stunning to look at, and loaded with large beautiful blossoms, which seem to remain for a long time.
The blossoms are interesting close up, as in this image, where all the structures can be seen clearly. Coupled with watching a bee seeking nectar and literally fighting past the stiff stamens. That seems, as is often the case, to cause the bee to spend a longer period of time exposed to the flower’s pollen. If you look back at my prior image, you can see the bee is completely coated in pollen from these flowers.
Because the flowers grow in large clusters, I removed a single blossom to photograph in my studio, as efforts at using my mobile setup were thwarted by fairly windy conditions. Please spend a few moments with this blossom, there some really interesting structures to be enjoyed here.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.5sec, f/36.0 ISO 100
High Resolution image on 500px
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Oh so very superb!!
Thank you Cee. You actually started me down this path about a year ago with an “isolation” challenge.
Wow this is a stunning photo! I don’t know how you do it.
A bit like you can write. We all have different gifts.
I really like the different curls at the tips of each petal. The shades of pink from darker to lighter, and the textures. Great job of your photo!
Thank you, I’m trying to capture the true essence of the flower, including all unique characteristics.
You did! I noticed the end of one petal curls down instead of up. Then one petal has the dotted green…