I’d like to note that I did not modify the color of the flower through post-processing.  The color is incredibly intense in real life.

44 responses

  1. Incredible shade of mandarin orange…….really beautifully vibrant – the water drops just make it glow.

    Pam (and Sam)

    April 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

    • Yes, the vibrance of the flower really struck me, even from a distance. I’m not sure what it is though (again!)

      April 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

  2. Beautiful !

    April 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

  3. eremophila

    Most wonderful images, full of vibrancy of Life! One of my favourite colours too! Great shots and title 🙂

    April 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  4. So pretty! (And so aptly named!)

    April 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  5. Maman

    Melanie, these are just BEAUTIFUL!!!

    April 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  6. Gorgeous. 🙂

    April 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    • Thank you, Scott. I’m really glad you like them.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

      • You’re welcome…and very much. 🙂

        April 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

  7. It’s totally not fair that you have access to all these beautiful flowers!!! 🙂

    April 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  8. Incredible color and detail.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  9. Julie


    April 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  10. siddharthajoshi

    like the last image…

    April 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  11. Gorgeous!

    April 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

  12. Impressive, these are amazing photos Melanie, and I love the color!
    Also, the detail on the drops are a great add for the shot, specially in the second one, which is my favorite because of the sharpness and the angle.
    Nice set!

    April 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    • Thank you, Pablo. I’m glad to know you like that second one.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:25 am

  13. What a beautiful rose and colours… Great shots. Thank you, with my love, nia

    April 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    • Thank you, Nia! I’m so grateful for your feedback. I’m glad you like these shots.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:25 am

  14. Dad

    Really good ones, here, Melanie.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  15. Glorious colours!

    April 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    • I thought so, too. 😀 I think they look even better off of WordPress. The crunching mutes them a little bit.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

      • Wow, you must need shades to look at them!

        April 27, 2012 at 7:01 am

  16. George Weaver

    They do look “quenched”, don’t they? They are so heavy with water that its almost tangible. When you look at the photos directly off the card, it’s astounding to see this kind of color. And it’s delightful, huh? Makes all the getting wet worth the effort. These are beautiful photographs. They are not simply pictures of pretty flowers. They are portraits of flowers. Your treatment of these subjects makes us look more closely at everything. Not just flowers.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    • I was rather drenched myself after this shoot, but, you’re right, it was entirely worth it. And the color, pre-WP-crunching is astonishing. The rain made it even richer. Do you recognize this flower? Is it a begonia, maybe? It’s a lone flower in a pot with others on the way. (You seem to know you’re plants and flowers, which is why I’m asking. I’m woefully uninformed about the names of many flowers, despite my obsession with photographing them.)

      I’ve been thinking about your recent posts for the last couple of days, thinking, but without a chance yet to comment. It’s the end of the semester (read: the most chaotic time of the year…). You are, as I’ve said before, an outstanding writer. We’ve got to find a place for your work. I still think about your piece on Jury Duty….

      April 27, 2012 at 1:44 am

      • George Weaver

        Jury Duty? My husband just received a form to complete for the big court. I called the place and asked which box to check since I didn’t see one for “Dead”. There was a noticeable silence before the woman told me to just write “deceased” in the comments section. I wrote “Dead since July 31, 2009” and sent it back. I don’t have too much faith in a judicial system that can’t even keep track of who’s dead. Guess what? I got one myself today …

        April 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

        • You have GOT to be kidding me. You have to work this into your story, George!! I will help you find a publisher for it.

          April 27, 2012 at 2:09 am

          • George Weaver

            You’re funny, Lemony Girl. I think what we see as unusual is very common in the judicial business. I hear some strange tales about jury duty and the method of choosing jurors.

            April 27, 2012 at 2:44 am

          • It’s the way you tell it that is uncommon

            I’m not kidding about developing that piece and finding a publisher. And I know the first person I’ll take it to, if you’re interested in some serious feedback from a professional writer.

            April 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

        • George Weaver

          The flower may be a chrysanthemum. I can’t really judge since this is a macro shot.

          April 27, 2012 at 2:42 am

          • George Weaver

            Eyeball says it’s a peony. It does look like one, but I think it’s too small for a peony. You can tell when it opens.

            April 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

  17. myfullresearch

    Carnal images ! Not so easy to find with your precise attention. Congrats.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  18. The closer you get, the more I like it! Probably no surprise there… The middle one is my personal favorite; it makes me want to get reeeeally small and dive right in!

    April 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    • Thank you, Gary! I’m so glad you like these. I like that middle one, too.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:46 am

  19. elmediat


    April 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  20. Great the water drops.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:56 am

  21. Lovely. I’m not sure but I think it might be a Peony.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:03 am

  22. They look more drenched than quenched 😉 Great macros and the colour is spectacular

    April 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

  23. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived.

    May 15, 2012 at 2:52 am

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