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By ChiliMan
A very big thank you to saltireblue for his UA on ‘The Return’. Much appreciated Grin


By the way, about the Snapseed I mentioned in yesterday’s upload, that was a free download for my PC. I don’t have an iPhone.

And would you believe it…I’d actually decided to get the paid version of Snapseed if it wasn’t too expensive, and found out that they’d pulled the PC version earlier this year! So one can only get the paid version for iOS or Android. Lame-o-rama. I’ll Google ‘software like Snapseed’ and see what other goodies are out there Grin

For now, here’s a very confused flower. It goes by the names Blood Lily, African Blood Lily, Football Lily, Fireball Lily, Powderpuff Lily…good grief. Or maybe it’s a secret agent with a bunch of aliases.

This was blooming in a small pot on the patio. I wanted to get a deep sharp shot of it so I brought it to the dining room where I could guarantee no air movement. White paper behind flower, cam on tripod, fluorescent tube up on the wall behind me, and poof!

Such a treat when this bloomed. It rarely does!


Tags: Football Lily Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Fireball Flash and lighting Powderpuff Scadoxus Multiflorus

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AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:13PM
Such an elegant presentation Andrew! So beautifully done right down to the name text - A++

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CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
30 Jul 2013 7:16PM
A stunning bloom, Andrew, and perfectly captured and presented by yourself SmileSmileSmile Carol
Quoise Plus
3 746 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:31PM
Excellent image, looks fab against the crisp white bg SmileSmile
Griff2012 4 363 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:46PM
Worth giving the star treatment! Smile
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1833 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 8:08PM
Since it rarely blooms, it's great that you have photographed it in all its splendour. Nice work with the background, perfect for all of those spiky bits.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
30 Jul 2013 8:12PM
The presentation is spot on, Andrew, a beauty.

Hot stuff Andy.. The b/g brings out the flaming red excellently.Wink
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 8:24PM
Whichever Lily this is it's beautiful and I love the colour.SmileSmile
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
30 Jul 2013 8:37PM
An elegant flower indeed Andrew.
I prefer the name powderpuff Lily.
I can imagine Lily applying her powderpuff makeup using this !!
Fireball Lily is my second choice.
These redheads can get very feisty when they get going !!
Good shot.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
30 Jul 2013 8:45PM
You did all the right things, and the result is superb-- a most wonderful botanical well described with all its names as well----KUDOS---
nickyv32 9 135 England
30 Jul 2013 9:19PM
Brilliant photo Andy Smile
BonBon 4 Ireland
30 Jul 2013 9:59PM
Love it
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
30 Jul 2013 10:07PM
Beautiful separation.
johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 10:08PM
A rather outstanding image well presented.
Regards John.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
30 Jul 2013 10:10PM

Quote:Such an elegant presentation Andrew! So beautifully done right down to the name text - A++

I agree Andrew.

7 10 10 England
30 Jul 2013 10:17PM
A stunning presentation Andrew.
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
30 Jul 2013 11:18PM
Oh Andrew, this is my eyes anyway..
Love the presentation & the detail & colour are amazing.
You are so clever.
30 Jul 2013 11:24PM
Fantastic shot. Love all it's names. Thank you for the kind comment on my butterfly. Cathy
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 11:44PM
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
31 Jul 2013 2:43AM
A lovely image Andrew. Love the white b/g.......Sandy
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
31 Jul 2013 5:02AM
This is excellent Andrew !! Great choice to have the white back ground !!
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
31 Jul 2013 11:47AM
The simple presentation shows this off perfectly. Very, very nice!
31 Jul 2013 1:59PM
Stunning shot of this amazing flower. I actually have one of these and it has only flowered twice in about eight years, now I know why - even better I now have a name for it, so many thanks.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 9:30PM
Most impressed...again! Andrew
what a well presented and lovely flower and one
I would really like in my garden
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Aug 2013 12:16AM
if I could give it a UA it would well deserve it. very stylish and well presented.
1 Aug 2013 3:31PM
Excellent image and presentation
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 7:59PM
Expertly captured and presented.
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
1 Aug 2013 8:00PM
Beautiful detail.
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 1:04PM
Right choice of background to show of all those gorgeous spiky bits! Excellent capture!
sable 8 9 7 England
2 Aug 2013 1:28PM
This absolutely beautiful is so simple but it works so well I could live with it on my Wall - Elizabeth xx
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
2 Aug 2013 8:28PM
Now that's a flower head - superbly detailed A.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Aug 2013 10:43PM
I hope you succeed in your quest to find a substitute for snapseed. The detail and colour are spot on in this macro Andrew
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
5 Aug 2013 10:45PM
Beautiful in its simplicity. Striking.


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