Celeste_M's photos


  • Reflected egret

    Fascinated by the contrast and reflections, I photographed this graceful egret as it strolled slowly through a shallow pond at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha. (Olympus E-300 & Zuiko 40-150mm zoom at 141mm [equivalent to 282mm in full-frame…

  • Royalty

    A princess of a rose in royal purple, just emerging from the bud stage. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 400, bright overcast, handheld) The subtle overall texture (Grenat) is from the Artiste set of Leslie Nicole's French Kiss Te…

  • Romantic rose garden

    Could anything be more romantic than a little cottage garden whose classic white picket fence serves as a charming backdrop for roses? (Olympus E-5 & Lensbaby Composer Pro/Sweet 35, f/2.8, 1/400 sec., ISO 200, afternoon sun, handheld) Textures (Solstice/V…


  • Lighting the way

    The orchid greenhouse is one of my favorite places at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. On this visit I was able to capture a pristine spray of moth orchids in what looked like a jungle setting. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 125mm, f/8, 1/100 se…

  • Gallery - intimate nature

    There was a recent open call for artwork for South Bay Contemporary, a juried exhibition opening July 13, 2013 at the PS Zask Gallery in Rolling Hills Estates (Palos Verdes Peninsula, California). I was thrilled that all three of my entries (maximum numbe…

  • Fog in the marina

    This is how our downtown marina (Long Beach, California) appears on a foggy morning. (Can you hear the foghorns?) This is a full-color capture, but the heavy fog desaturates all but the bright canopies of blue and red on some of the boats. Notice the ghos…


  • Sunset Palms at Rainbow Harbor

    Sunset over Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, USA, with a single row of palm trees following the shoreline and casting their reflections on the water. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 9-18mm, handheld)

  • Where flowers bloom

    The quotation is from Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007), former First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson. She was a lifelong champion for beautifying the nation's cities and highways with flowers and was resp…

  • Jacaranda dreams

    On a recent afternoon I went on a jacaranda tour with my camera and Lensbaby, wandering through local neighborhoods where the graceful trees are in bloom. I love the dreamy quality and feeling of motion the Lensbaby added to the soft parts of the image. T…


  • Zen moment

    I photographed these leaves at the Self Realization Fellowship's Lake Shrine (Pacific Palisades, California). It's a beautiful and peaceful retreat from the city, full of simple joys that reveal themselves to those who will stop and pay attention to natur…

  • Frilly hibiscus

    While photographing a very old ginkgo tree on the grounds of historic Rancho Los Cerritos (Long Beach, California), I saw a blur of red-orange at the edge of my field of vision. Look what a vibrant beauty I found hiding in the shade! This is a Hibiscus sc…

  • Soft breeze

    Exploring a local neighborhood with my Lensbaby, I found interesting subjects at the edges of people's yards, bordering the sidewalks. In this case a palm frond swayed gently in the afternoon breeze, displaying its patterns against the colors of lobelia a…


  • Tern at Bolsa Chica

    A beautiful tern in flight at Bolsa Chica Preserve (California). This particular tern was doing its best to please the many photographers present, as it would fly away, turn around, and then fly straight at us - again and again! (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-30…

  • Yellow mums

    A simple bouquet of cheerful yellow mums from the farmers market treated to several texture layers. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO 400, open shade, handheld) Textures (Atelier/Campanile and Spirit II, Autumn Rain/Equinox and Art…

  • Left behind

    The beach at sunrise can be a source of serenity - and some special images. On this particular morning the tide had created beautiful patterns in the sand, and I came across many objects caught in the sand patterns. (Olympus E-300 & Zuiko 35mm macro), f/7…