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New Flower for Me

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 4 April 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I had not before seen this flower that is in our new back yard, but my wife says that it is not uncommon. It has a marvelous fragrance. (Oh my, it's daphne; that's not new to me!!)

There was a terrific New York Times Travel piece on photographer Edward Weston this March 29. You also will want to check out the multimedia presentation narrated by Weston's grandson.

“Do everything with a mind that lets go . . . If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggle with the world will have come to an end.”
–Ajahn Chah

NIKON D300 1/60 second F/5.0 ISO 400 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

merveilleux !

4 Apr 2009 6:05am

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica


4 Apr 2009 6:40am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

its beautiful, what sort of flower is it?

4 Apr 2009 7:06am

@chrissy: It's daphne, Chrissy; it has a sweet odor that fills the entire area of the garden. There are lots of blossoms on a single bush.

oncho from granada, Spain

Esta es mi favorita en lo que a flores se refiere,me gusta el color y la forma que tienen las hojas de arriba,parace que estubieran pegadas a las de abajo y la tectura, dan ganas de tocarlas y comprobar el tacto. muy buena,exquisite!

4 Apr 2009 7:25am

Sheidaa from Tehran, Iran

what a beautiful flower:) and also i have searched that on internet to know more about it... and WOW yours is THE BEST photograph in frame and color, its amazing! hope you will have a nice weekend

4 Apr 2009 8:59am

Ajay from Pune, India

It was an inspiring article and the presentation. There is lot to learn here.

4 Apr 2009 9:04am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Beautiful daphne lovingly portrayed

4 Apr 2009 10:38am

Mary from PA, United States

Very pretty! New flower for me...interesting name. Very nicely done!

4 Apr 2009 11:44am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

What a lovely flower ... it's new to ME!

4 Apr 2009 12:11pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

New for me also. Beautiful image.

4 Apr 2009 12:15pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Lovely flower shots. Keep em coming.

4 Apr 2009 1:09pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Beautiful, and what a lovely surprise to find it in your backyard. I've not seen or smelled the fragrance, but I have heard of Daphne. So I have learned something from your image.
Thanks for the links I will take a look.
The quote is so true and powerful, I appreciate you sharing it here.

4 Apr 2009 1:35pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very beautiful, lucky you!

4 Apr 2009 1:47pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

great shot of this beautiful flower.

4 Apr 2009 1:57pm

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Aren,t discoveries fill us with a sense renewal with life and our surrounding,s...lovely capture...lovely colors

4 Apr 2009 2:01pm

don from Spokane, United States

What gorgeous blossoms. I can imagine the surprise and pleasure at discovering this in your back yard.
Beautiful. Thanks for the link... I'll check it out. I once had the privilege of being in a workshop with Brett and Cole Weston and visited Brett's darkroom = long, long ago! :-)

4 Apr 2009 2:14pm

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Nice colors. For the camera settings I assume that it was quite dark. It must have been difficult to get it!

4 Apr 2009 2:20pm

@xavier cardell: I had to bump the ISO up to 400, and slow down the shutter speed to 1/60 sec.

zOOm from Paris, France

A starry flower ! Exquisite ! So graceful !

4 Apr 2009 2:33pm

Stephanie from Toronto, Canada

What a gorgeous flower. I'm so envious. --we don't have any here yet.

4 Apr 2009 3:04pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


4 Apr 2009 3:17pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Never heard of it either but it is quite beautiful. Leave it to the wife to fill us in on all that is important!

4 Apr 2009 3:27pm

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Very delicate flower!

4 Apr 2009 3:55pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Gorgeous deep colour. That is a wonderful shot.

4 Apr 2009 3:59pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very ,very beautiful !!!
friendly !

4 Apr 2009 4:26pm

Noxeus from Girona, Spain

Realmente espléndida !

4 Apr 2009 4:32pm

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Hi Jack, sounds like I need to find myself a Daphne bush...... I love any flowering bush with a strong scent. Thank is why I love Jasmine and me favourite flower to photograpy..... the Frangipani...... off to search for a Daphne now... Oh and your photo, says it all, superb and great capture,

4 Apr 2009 4:52pm

lydia from Paris, France

A very nice flower ,and a beautiful picture Jack .

4 Apr 2009 5:02pm

Mirza Ahmad from Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

Nicely processed.

4 Apr 2009 5:38pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Like an old girlfriend you had forgotten. best...jerry

4 Apr 2009 7:08pm

@ordinaryimages: Hope that I do better by old girl friends, Jerry.

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

It's so beautiful Jack ! Spring in my eyes.

4 Apr 2009 8:26pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

I like all flowers but know the names of none :-0 this one looks lovely.

4 Apr 2009 8:59pm

Ninni from Brazil

Lovely flower! Muito lindo!

4 Apr 2009 9:47pm

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Really superb !

4 Apr 2009 11:00pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

It's a pretty blossom. But what is it?

5 Apr 2009 2:12am

@Viewfinder: Daphne

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

These flowers you have been posting are fantastic! Wonderful work and beautiful colors! The colors withe green are awesome. Keep up the great work!

5 Apr 2009 2:14am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott; coming from you, that is high praise, indeed.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

It's new to me, also. Very beautiful!

5 Apr 2009 4:01am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

A beautiful shot of the daphne

5 Apr 2009 4:28am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

So pretty and beautifully framed.

6 Apr 2009 3:47am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fantastic texture and detail! What a great job on this one!

6 Apr 2009 6:38am

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

I see flower season has arrived in full force for you! I hope you had a great weekend. This is a beautiful flower ... it appears to be almost dusted with frosting!

6 Apr 2009 11:54pm

Cricket from Alabama, United States

Oh these smell beautiful!

7 Apr 2009 6:16pm