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Pictures for Pam, Day 45: Diva Dahlia

Pictures for Pam, Day 45: Diva Dahlia
(Please view at full size!) :) (+1 inset)

I was very pleased as I stepped outside this morning because I got to start my walk a little earlier than usual. I try to get out by 7:30am if I can but if I wake up before 7am I'm usually walking by about 7:20am. That's really nice. As much as I've been moaning about the darkness of the mornings, it does give me more of an opportunity to immerse myself in the world waking up around me. This really is a gift and I appreciate every moment. Especially because getting up voluntarily at this time was something I never did in the past. I've missed out on decades of these special times and I don't take a single moment for granted.

It was still quite dim outside but ten degrees warmer than yesterday. At 36 degrees, it was positively comfortable in comparison and I began my walk in extra happy spirits.

"Hoo-hoo.." I heard, followed by "Hoo. Hoo-hoo-hoo." I stopped in my tracks and stared across our valley across the main road to the neighbor's property beyond. "OWLS!!!" I shouted in my head and cocked my head to the side, listening intently.

Again the two called back and forth, their hooting echoing back at me. "Hoo-hoo.." and "Hoo. Hoo-hoo-hoo." A beaming smile radiated from me in response.

I simply love owls. Unfortunately, the only wild owl I've ever seen was a Tawny Frogmouth in Costa Rica many years ago. And the only reason I saw it was because our guide knew where this one slept and pointed it out to us. So perfectly camouflaged, it looked like it was part of the tree! What an odd but incredible looking bird that was. Steve and I still talk about that morning!

Regarding owl photography, I have such admiration for anyone who gets pictures of these beautiful birds. I hope that someday I'll be so lucky. But for now I stood silently on our road. I listened blissfully to the sounds of these two birds calling back and forth to their hidden spots in the trees across the road. I felt so fortunate and overjoyed to get this awesome experience.

After a while I started walking again and was happy to learn that my footsteps didn't disturb their conversation. In fact, they kept hooting until the sun lightened the sky and finally put an official end to the night. I whispered to myself, "That is so cool..."

Today is perfect timing to share another dahlia picture! I hope that you are enjoying the show and aren't getting bored. I simply must post these images! The dahlias yell and scream for attention and if they had it their way, they'd highjack my photo stream and fill every day with piles of their lovely blossoms! But I won't have it! They don't understand that so much beauty must be doled out one at a time for the best appreciation!

So, in honor of the colors of this holiday season, I bring to you a most dramatic red dahlia. It laughs at the poinsettias and amaryllis that dare to compare themselves to it. Holly berries? Pshaw! No, this dahlia takes the stage like a runway model. I am only here to share it with all of you. If she were a person, you'd surely find her sipping wine in Paris. :)

Pam, I wish I could present this diva to you because then she would see what a true beauty is in this world. Thinking of you all the time...

Explored on 12/24/18, highest placement, #6.

Marco Zerbini, FarbFormFreude, Ruesterstaude, micritter and 45 other people have particularly liked this photo

32 comments - The latest ones
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
ce " rouge et noir " est une merveille janet ...... felicitations !!
19 months ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Stunning on black !!!........Seasons greetings to you & hubby Janet & all the best for 2019 !!!
19 months ago.
19 months ago.
WOOOW! Perfect work,
Simply stunning.
Love it.
19 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh I do love your blogs Janet. You write so easily and amusingly. I love the way you describe how you feel when you're surrounded by nature. I want to thank you for writing this way, I can feel what it's like to walk your land and through your gorgeous photos I get to see where you are. All I ask is that you don't stop, please. xx

The flower is fantastic too. Dahlias are such an attractive flower
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Magnifique dahlia sur ce fond noir !
19 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Stunning capture and PIP!
19 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
19 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful - and merry christmas!
19 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Breathtakingly beautiful; what a lovely warm colours Janet.
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019.
19 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
waouh quelle merveille Janet *******************superbe
Bon noël Janet et gros bisous
19 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
D'une beauté époustouflante !+++++++
19 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, like a Xmas star !!!!!!! Marvelous capture, Janet !! Have a nice Xmas' Eve !!!!
19 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
19 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Tremendous dahlia capture!
Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year, Janet!
19 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wunderschön, Janet !
19 months ago.
Season Greetings to you too my dear pod sister!! and that HUMONGOUS dahlia...that's serious business my friend. What are YOU doing!!! Dark backgroud!!!! yeah!! that's the way to go!! A shouting moment in this comment!!! did you hear me? Lots of love at this time of giving. Hugs!!
19 months ago.
tiabunna club
That really is beautifully taken and looking so good on the black background, Janet. All my very best wishes for the festive season to you and Steve.
19 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
superb flower portrait, passionate red !
many thanks, same wishes to you and loved !
19 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot club
Superbe !!
19 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo. Nicole.
19 months ago.
gezginruh club
Oh what a beauty!!
Whishing you a very Merry Christmas, Janet!

Best greetings
19 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderful colour and tremendous detail in this beautiful image Janet

Happy Christmas.
19 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :)
19 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
19 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
A real beauty!
19 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
19 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
The dahlia is one of the most beautiful flowers there is, by its diversity and simple beauty whatever the color.*********
19 months ago.
Jean club
Gorgeous !
19 months ago.
Fantastique rendu de sa couleur sur fond noir
18 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Superbe Janet ...,je l'avais loupée
18 months ago.
micritter club
Incredibly beautiful macro of a gorgeous flower. The detail, and, which I find very difficult to do, the perfect gradation in the red without blocking are exceptional. Even better large on black. Beautiful inset that reminds me, for some reason, of Christmas when I was a child.

Sorry about being perpetually behind in my comments.
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.

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