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Just waiting for the chance to begin

Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 13 August 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A macro of the stamens of the stargazer lily posted recently. This flower had just started to open and the stamens are all closed and tight, just waiting to open and stand proud. For me there's a real pent-up energy there - as if they just can't wait to show the world just how beautiful they will be.

Title from the lyrics to the beautiful and moving song "Here is your Paradise" by Chris de Burgh. It's one of my all-time favourites from this magnificent artist. Unfortunately my internet connection is playing up tonight and I am unable to give you a link to a video so that you can see and hear him sing the song, but there are links if you search for them - it's worth the effort, I promise!

Canon EOS 40D 1 second F/22.0 ISO 400 100 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Something sensual... Really nice !

13 Aug 2009 5:24am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Excellent macro :)

13 Aug 2009 6:22am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

gorgeous Rob love the photo and the description

13 Aug 2009 6:38am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Ah one of my favourite flowers :)
Great Macro!
I love the detail and the light is superb
This is truly a beautiful image.

13 Aug 2009 7:36am

Colors Inc from Switzerland

great macro with nice details

13 Aug 2009 8:51am

zOOm from Paris, France

Wonderful subtle colors.

13 Aug 2009 9:01am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

That's sex for you Rob 'all closed and tight, just waiting to open and stand proud'. Ah those were the days. Nice close up and commentary.

13 Aug 2009 10:07am

@grouser: Tee hee! A soulmate at last :)

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Beautiful light and colors!

13 Aug 2009 10:54am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

the light is perfect here ! well done

13 Aug 2009 12:28pm

Michael Rawluk ht from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is an amazing shot. So sharp. Great light. Wonderful colour. All around: excellent.

13 Aug 2009 4:47pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

A chance to begin, wow perfect title for this perfect beauty, oh Rob, it's magical :)

13 Aug 2009 6:25pm

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

Oh gee Rob, this is almost sensual.... (hm.. have I said too much ?..)
Beautiful detail and colors. I guess your macro lens really pays off with gorgeous images.


13 Aug 2009 7:17pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Stunning macro, great shot.

13 Aug 2009 7:22pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! I can't get over the clarity and detail in this shot. That is some macro lens you've got there, in this excellent composition.

13 Aug 2009 8:36pm

cindy brown from United States

SO gorgeous!!!

13 Aug 2009 10:57pm

Cricket-Tammy from Somewhere in the, United States

This is just beautiful. I am off to listen now.

14 Aug 2009 3:00am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Brilliant closeup !

14 Aug 2009 1:21pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

5 star faaabulous macro!

21 Aug 2009 3:00pm

C. Intempor'elle from Paris, France

Such a gorgeous, splendid, magical, amazing and stuning macro !!!

25 Jun 2012 4:43pm

@C. Intempor'elle: Thank you very much indeed! This photo, printed on an A1 canvas, now features prominently in my dining room!

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Up close and personal by dobbino

Canon EOS 40D
1 second
ISO 400
100 mm