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Pictures for Pam, Day 16: Creamy White Dahlia

Pictures for Pam, Day 16: Creamy White Dahlia
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What a difference a day makes! The sky had some clouds when I arose but I could see that it would be a beautiful, sunny day. At one point on my walk I had to stop and look out over the valley towards the Rogue River because of the racket I was hearing. There was a huge flock of Canada Geese flying around the Rogue River and they were making so much noise I could hear them from miles away! I hoped they might fly overhead but instead they landed on the river for a break before setting out on their migration (I'm guessing, anyway). I snickered at the boisterous fuss they made but was also very pleased to hear them. It is so nice to live in a place with so much wildlife!

Tromping up and down the driveway, it was fun to think about my friends on ipernity and all the good times I've been having with back-and-forth comments, letters, and the delight of the wealth of awesome photography. ipernity really is such a wonderful community and I feel like a new person these days because of this upward spiral. There are no words to express my gratitude, but I do my best!

The past few days I've been taking some time to process some of the pictures I took of the gorgeous dahlias at San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers. There is a total bummer about that photo shoot. When I got home and took a closer look at the images I was horrified to discover that the flowers were FILTHY! I didn't remember seeing this at the time but when the gardens were watered, it was obvious that a lot of dirt particles flew up and hit the blossoms. In fact, most of my tight shots looked like someone had taken a pepper shaker and covered the entire flower with a million black specks. YUCK!!! If I had any thoughts of posting a close-up, it was going to take a lot of work. However, I have finally been in the mood, and these flowers truly deserve the attention.

And so, I present to you one of my successful clean-up jobs! What you're looking at may look like a pristine, perfect blossom, but to get to this state took over an hour of dirt removal! Every petal was covered with dots of dirt! What a mess. But truly, the effort was totally worth it because now I can show off this stunning wedding bride of a dahlia! And, it isn't so bad to sit and click away the dirt when I have some nice music to listen to. In fact, I saw a picture on Explore of a henna-painted hand captured magnificently by Boro (Thank your Betty for the proper ID), and the music to accompany the picture was a French artist I'd never heard of... Bernard Lavillier ...and I loved the piece so much I went over to YouTube, queued up a play list and spent the whole time listening to his fabulous music while I cleaned up this picture. What fun.

Pam, this beautiful dahlia is only a fraction as lovely as you are, my dear. I hope you enjoy its radiance and maybe it will give you some warm fuzzies to help you on your way to recovery. I am thinking about you all the time! *big hugs*

Explored on 11/25/18, highest position, #7

Lucette, , Cämmerer zu Nau, Marco F. Delminho and 45 other people have particularly liked this photo

33 comments - The latest ones
Magnificent shot.
Gorgeous dahlia.
Well captured and framed.
3 years ago.
neira-Dan club
il est adorable ce bouton !!
3 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Quelle beauté ce bouton en train de s'ouvrir !
3 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
SUPERB floral close-up Janet.
3 years ago.
Wow !!!! Superbe **********
3 years ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Tout est tellement beau !!
3 years ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
gorgeous picture!
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, a pure marvel !! What a nice color, Janet !! Happy Sunday to you and Pam !!
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
3 years ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
Excellently cropped and a beautiful image Janet.
3 years ago.
Chris10 club
Erg mooi om jouw prachtige verhaal weer te lezen Janet. Je bent een echte romanticus en ik hou ervan!! Je Dahlia is ook super mooi geworden, dank daarvoor...

Groet en fijne zondag, Christien.
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
A beautiful dahlia shot!
3 years ago.
Zulma club
A creamy white dahlia who listens...it is all ears and I totally love it. The saying that you should talk to your flowers is alive with this one...you are not wasting your words like with the day lily...the listen just one day :) It is a crazy morning for me...not too energetic, I guess...slow process. Have a wonderful and more lively day than mine my friend. Hugs...and thanks for your awesome words on my tomato/cuke photo..not too successful i am afraid.
3 years ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
So delicious !******
it's the link to the picture of Boro, Thierry, a man with a beautiful soul...
3 years ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Très beau partage !
3 years ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
3 years ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Cueillie artistiquement à l'aube de sa jeune vie... une belle fraicheur de texture et de couleur si bien saisie, bravo!+++
Bonne nouvelle semaine Janet.
3 years ago.
cammino club
Beautiful macro!
3 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Absolutely wonderful on black Janet. Such a beautiful flower.............and so much superb detail. No sign at all of your marathon clean up job..!!

I also like the flower's off-kilter symmetry, if you see what I mean '-)
3 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a gorgeous flower and how hard you must have worked to get it looking so good. It's so lovely hearing how enthusiastic you feel
3 years ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
waouhhhhhhhhhhh une merveille ***************j'adore ! bonne soirée Janet !
3 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Remarkable capture and detail!

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3 years ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A beautiful flower and very nice thought for Pam!
3 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
3 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Splendid on the black background and viewed large!
3 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
This is a little masterpiece, Janet ! ********
Have a lovely new week.
3 years ago.
tiabunna club
The time spent cleaning was well worth it. A lovely image.
3 years ago.
 Henri Boddaerd
Henri Boddaerd
Excellent !
3 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
This beautiful dahlia makes a wonderful image and the work that went into it was worth the time and effort Janet, nothing this lovely comes for free.
3 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
3 years ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
This is really lovely. Dahlias are such great flowers.
3 years ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
A sumptuous and lovely shot, Janet. "Creamy" is an excellent qualifier for this kind of cream puff! ;-)
2 years ago.
J'aime !!
2 years ago.

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