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awakening orchid (explored) | by Celeste M (more off than on)
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awakening orchid (explored)

Flickr Explore #372 - December 3, 2009

 

January 20, 2010: This photo is an "Admin's Choice of the Month" in the group Mama's Bloomers. I am honored. Thank you very much!

 

December 11, 2009: This photo was featured on the front page as an "Administrators Pick" in the group Visionary Arts Gallery (Elite). Thank you!

 

I spent over an hour in the orchid greenhouse at Los Angeles County Arboretum, exploring the exotic beauties. Shooting there was not easy, as the light was very subdued. This was shot with my new Zuiko 50mm macro at f/2.8, 1/20 second handheld. I would have been sunk without image stabilization! I loved this mysterious orchid, as it reminded me of Boticelli's "Birth of Venus."

 

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Taken on November 27, 2009