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Rare Blues

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 28 November 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I'm baaaaaaack! Thanks to those who have dropped me a line - it's nice to be missed. I needed a sabbatical of sorts. We don't have much to photograph where I live anyway. Add to that a drought that has stunted the growth of just about everything and killed off the rest. However, I'm trying to get back on track and catch up.

It's rare to see a blue plant or flower. I combined 2 textures for this one: one from French Kiss and one from Flypaper. If someone knows what this plant's name is, let me know! :)

Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was grand!

NIKON D300 2/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 800 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

WELCOME and thanks for visiting!

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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite! Ah, life is good again.

28 Nov 2011 5:23am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

It looks like some kind of thistle to me with that beautiful blue color. The post processing is really beautiful Barbara!

28 Nov 2011 5:31am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe cette plante !

28 Nov 2011 6:57am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great angle and tones!

28 Nov 2011 7:44am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
I like these colors

28 Nov 2011 7:49am

Amir Goharshahi ( Ma$ter Pics ) from Mashhad, Iran

I really recommend you this:

28 Nov 2011 11:33am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

The leaves remind me a little, just a little mind, of a protea; maybe related? It's a wonderful plant which I've never seen before and you've caught the detail and its colour beautifully. 4stars. (what a great welcome back pic, Barbara!). :OD PS: What is 2/5 seconds, please?! I'm starting to see a lot of similar readings elsewhere, eg 16/5 seconds...how can that be? best,

28 Nov 2011 11:52am

@janina: Thanks, Janina! I'm not sure why the shutter speed is registering that way - especially one with 16/5. When I get a chance I'll see what the metadata says in Bridge.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Welcome back Barbara! A beautiful image to return with! Bravo! ;-)

28 Nov 2011 3:06pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wonderful to see you back Barbara! This is just gorgeous...The clarity is stunning, and the treatments bring out the natural beauty of this plant! (whatever it may be!) I have been trying similar things lately, so thank you for the inspiration!!!

28 Nov 2011 4:03pm

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

taken beautiful

28 Nov 2011 5:18pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very interesting shape there. I like this flower a lot

28 Nov 2011 7:34pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Lovely blues--my favorite color. I like the unusual angle of view. Don't know what flower it is. So glad to have you back!!

28 Nov 2011 8:44pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautifully detailed close-up and colors, love the textures!

28 Nov 2011 9:33pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Très belle composition aux couleurs charmantes et délicates .... compliments

28 Nov 2011 10:35pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Très belle composition aux couleurs charmantes et délicates .... compliments

28 Nov 2011 10:35pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I do not know the name, but this really is a beauty!

28 Nov 2011 11:17pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Beautiful macro of this flower, and the texture you've applied is perfect for this image - well done, Barbara and welcome back!

29 Nov 2011 2:43am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

très belle vision !! les couleurs sont superbes !

29 Nov 2011 10:32am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

29 Nov 2011 7:49pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Barbara: I empathize with your dilemma in finding things to photograph. With winter approaching and my flowers in hibernation, I'm facing a similar challenge. It will be interesting to see what we each come up with.

30 Nov 2011 9:35am

@Anita: It's called going to the flower shop and buying some stuff! lol. I'll be looking for some Christmas lights too! Good luck!

karla from Omaha, United States

That blue just glows! I like this one, angle of the flower and the colors are superb.

2 Dec 2011 2:02am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

I forgot to add that drought and the 'dying' of plant-life makes for very interesting macro shots too! I've taken a few of such plants and often find them much more intriguing. Glory in death!
PS: I came across an image today that looked like a dead version of your image in this post and gave a name, so checked Wikipedia and came up with: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eryngium, which looks like this plant! best, :OD

2 Dec 2011 11:09am

@janina: Good insight, Janina. Thanks for the link.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

What fascinating details in this flower!!! And the blue is gloriously glowing!

3 Dec 2011 6:28am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

You are back with a very nice shot !

4 Dec 2011 8:57pm

Ernest from Sydney, Australia

Amazing design

30 Dec 2011 11:04am

2/5 seconds
ISO 800
157 mm (35mm equiv.)