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By dianah
RETIRED!! But still haven't had a minute to myself yet ! All those things I am going to do..Photograph things other than flowers..learn to speak French because I got thrown out of lessons at school for bad behaviour..make my husband a decent stew where the dumplings don't drop to the bottom ! Loads more on the list as well. This is a close up of another one of the many flowers in my mum's garden which is a picture right now; I am just sad she isn't here to see it. Now I intend to spend more time catching up on all your portfolios. Wishing you all a happy week ! I am sorry I have been away for so longSmile

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

Voters: Alan_Baseley, helenlinda, Arty and 113 more

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helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 9:45AM
I'm in first - [little things please little minds!!] to congratulate you on your long awaited retirement. Hope you had a super send off. Wishing you a long and healthy one.
Super detail Di and wonderful vibrant colours.

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morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 9:49AM
Vibrant colours, superb detail, great image.

27 Jul 2009 10:02AM
Great colours and texture.
27 Jul 2009 10:05AM
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
27 Jul 2009 10:08AM
Superb choice of shooting angle and POV on this Di.The detail is so crisp-- its wonderful.
Welcome to retirement land but dont be surprised if you find time appears to go faster than ever and you still dont do half that you wanted to. It is great fun tho.
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 10:16AM
Lovely colours and detail.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
27 Jul 2009 10:20AM
Welcome to the world of retirement ~ it's a great life but important to keep the body and mind active. This is a simply beautiful image of what you do so well Di ~ I look forward to the results of expanding your photographic horizons.

whiteswan01 10 13 England
27 Jul 2009 10:25AM
superb so sharp
great colour
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 10:25AM
I agree Albert's well-chosen words to the letter. Now you will be really busy - and enjoy every moment!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Jul 2009 10:41AM
Congratulations on your retirement! Now you won't have a minute to spare! Carol
cider 14 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 10:42AM
Yes this is beautifull
crookymonsta Plus
10 836 10 England
27 Jul 2009 10:53AM
Another stunning image from your mother's garden, what lovely memories you will have. No doubt you are cramming everything in at the end of term as you have always done, come September the real retirement will start! Enjoy.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 11:00AM
Thank you to everybody. I just seem to be so busy all the time..maybe it will become more relaxing in September ! Smile
27 Jul 2009 11:07AM
lovely colours it speaks for it self,great image
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
27 Jul 2009 11:08AM
Wonderful detail and colour.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
27 Jul 2009 11:09AM
Very strong image
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 11:11AM
Great to have you back Di with another stunning image. I have no doubts that you will enjoy every minute of your well deserved retirement.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 11:29AM
Welcome back, this is beutiful.

cheesey 11 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 11:46AM
Lovely image. wonderful colours and detail.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 12:01PM
Great colours and details.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
27 Jul 2009 12:08PM
I hope your retirement is as happy as mine has been. The secret is to be selfish and really, really enjoy all the things you never had time for, and take naps whenever you feel like it. You will find all kinds of interesting things opening to you.
27 Jul 2009 12:18PM
Although I'm working from an old laptop today, I can still tell this is a stunning image Di, well captured, Adrian
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1910 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 12:32PM
Like a blue sun rising in a pink sky, a new dawn. We were thinking of you at the weekend, reckoned you were retired now. Many congratulations, this is the beginning of the rest of your life, but don't necessarily expect to get everything done - we've never been busier!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
27 Jul 2009 12:35PM
This is a superb close-up with loads of detail and colour. As for your retirement - enjoy! Life becomes even busier though and you'll probably never be in!!

Bigtoe 9 7 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 1:32PM
Beautiful flowers these, cheers, Tony.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
27 Jul 2009 1:34PM
Dinah, this is an absolute beauty. I love the color combination, clarity and cropping. Wonderful to have you back in the mix. I am sure you will accomplish all those wonderful goals during your retirement, just don't try to do them all at once. After all, what is the hurry? Set your pace. So glad you are taking time to "smell the roses" ! God bless, Patti
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 1:39PM
Thank you Patti and everyone else. I need lessons in slowing down I think but I will get there eventually.
27 Jul 2009 1:46PM
A distinctly different viewpoint.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
27 Jul 2009 2:10PM
Beautiful close-up.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
27 Jul 2009 2:13PM
excellent work Di,it's beautiful
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
27 Jul 2009 2:28PM
But you are back with a bang. An oustanding image.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 3:15PM
Oh my goodness! This is just superb! Well done!
x Carol x
goso 11 2 1 Australia
27 Jul 2009 4:37PM
Magic detail and colour Dianah...Bill
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 4:43PM
beautiful capture
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
27 Jul 2009 4:46PM
Simply knew this was one of yours. Wonderful composition and super colour. Congrats on retirement. Enjoy.
27 Jul 2009 4:47PM
Beautiful detail and colours well done

BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 4:48PM
Stunning close up shot.
nigele1 13 1
27 Jul 2009 4:51PM
Your focussing and composition are very precise, this is a gorgeous image.

susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 5:18PM
An absolutly super shot Dianah, fantastic closeup

Enjoy your retirement I am 17 months into mine and I don't have a spare minute, but I am doing what I want!

Susan Wink
churchill123 13 233 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 5:29PM
Hi Di

Congratulations on your retirement, will catch up with you soon. Haven't been around for a while myself. Beautiful full frame image
8 10 10 England
27 Jul 2009 5:34PM
Absolutely beautiful.
sable 9 9 7 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 5:52PM
Well welcome back to the epz family and a warm welcome to the retired family where we never do have the time!! This is a beautiful image - vibrant colour - crisp and clear - a very nice crop - Elizabeth
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
27 Jul 2009 6:41PM
nice work.lesley
27 Jul 2009 6:46PM
Bright and cheerful as always Di, the picture's nice too.

John Smile
GeorgeRusky 12 1 4
27 Jul 2009 6:58PM
Hi Dianah
What a funny coincidence: I learn French too Smile
Going to Paris is my long-term dream and as the French speak French, I have to be prepared to communicate with them in this language.
We may meet in France one day Smile
As for your changes, I meen, retirement.
I hope you will definitely find what to occupy your time with, right?
Please, let me know what you are going to start doing, OK?
Oh, the picture...
It's very good, as the other you PF's ones.
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 7:18PM
This is a super piece of work Dianah. Love the choice of crop.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
27 Jul 2009 7:18PM
Like the details and tones in this Di - congratulation on your retirement. Regards Richard.
Mikelane 10 1 Wales
27 Jul 2009 8:12PM
Stunning close up dianah,brilliant detail too regards
Mike xx
Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
27 Jul 2009 8:19PM
It is a for the stew..Delia can helpWink

videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 8:21PM
What a georgeous image--I really like this super
fatherpie 9 18 12 England
27 Jul 2009 8:44PM
Hey - Happy Retirement! May it be long and full of wonders. Lovely bright colourful image to start this new stage in your life too
Kind Regards
Dave Smile
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
27 Jul 2009 9:09PM
Dumplings sound good to me! When my Mom made dumplings they used to swell so much on the top of the stew there used to be about a 4" layer of solid dumpling!

Love the colours in this image.
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 9:18PM
Oh wow absolutely superb congrats
Cabit 10 104 England
27 Jul 2009 9:22PM
A stunner Di, enjoy your retirement, not had a stew for ages, must have a word with the lady of the house.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
27 Jul 2009 10:00PM
Wonderful detail and beautiful colours. Happy retirement! Smile
MandsH 11 England
27 Jul 2009 11:37PM
Pin sharp close up
28 Jul 2009 5:45AM
bright vivid and powerful

Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
28 Jul 2009 7:17AM
Grand shot.

ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2009 8:04AM
A lovely vibrant close up Di, have fun and lots of 'you' time,
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
28 Jul 2009 5:44PM


GORgeous frame-filling close-up, Di, but I've got one niggle: you've made me hungry with the talk of that stew. Bah...

hi di,another superb image,nice to have you back.ray
ChazB 12 64 3 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2009 1:05PM
Stunning detail and colour, I really like the square crop.
Nettles 10 England
29 Jul 2009 1:43PM
Good luck with your retirement but don't expect to have any spare time as it all gets eaten up!
Lovely shot, so clear and colourful.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
29 Jul 2009 1:47PM
Congrats on your retirement Di, so finally made it Wink
Do hope you enjoy it and find time to do all the things you never had time for before, an excellent close up here, superb focus and color to your very high standard,
29 Jul 2009 8:33PM
Congrats again, looks like a clean start.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
29 Jul 2009 9:45PM
Lovely detail, colour and texture captured here Di. Congratulations on your retirement, soon you'll be wondering how you found the time to go to work. Smile
30 Jul 2009 6:49PM
My pleasure to be the 90th, as ususal first class
rmr 10 1 Wales
31 Jul 2009 9:29PM
beautiful as ever dianha ,hope you"r keeping well in you"r retirement
franfoto 10 2 32 England
1 Aug 2009 8:58PM
Retirement....well earned I'm sure. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do Di.
Another beauty from you.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Aug 2009 12:50AM
A gorgeous close up, the colours and detail are first class. I hope you have a fulfilling and enjoyable time now that you've retired, I look forward to seeing lots more of your pics now, Ed
2 Aug 2009 5:24PM
well done.
Hebe 10 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 8:56PM
What a beautifully composed and presented image Dianah, the colours are gorgeous. I would also like to wish you a very happy retirement. Enjoy every minute.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
2 Aug 2009 9:55PM
Just beautiful Di - gorgeous colours and pin sharp detail of the central rosette - just like a kaleidescope picture.
cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
3 Aug 2009 9:49PM
so pleased to make this excellent well detailed shot 100
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 10:31AM
I love this and am giving it my user award.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 10:53PM
... and perhaps visit Germany??? Your welcome anytime.
Beautiful close up,
12 Aug 2009 9:19PM
You hardly need this vote but I shall give it to you anyway, for another superb really are cracking at these flowers!
Dotrob 12 Wales
16 Sep 2009 8:06PM
Super image.
15 Oct 2009 6:03PM
wow, this is stunning! stu ;o)
27 Jun 2010 8:36AM
WOW! Magnificent!!!

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