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The tiny flower of an Epiphyllum (cactaceae) also known as the Orchid cactus or Strap cactus. The stems are flat and as the alternative name suggests, strap-like. Many grow into quite enormous plants with huge flowers, some flowering only in the night and some with wonderful scent. This version is small growing and the flowers are around 1 cm in size. This image was taken with my original camera, the bg was black card with a touch of PS used to darken later.

Many thanks to all who so kindly endulged me with voting for "I've Found the Easter Bunny". As promised, he isn't lingering too long. Regret there are so many just clicks from me - the arm continues a problem so please forgive.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 8:20AM
wonderful colour and tones ann super detail a beauty nice one Wink

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 8:22AM
Both quite lovely.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Apr 2012 8:29AM
Two lovely images of this beautiful cactus, Ann, V.2 gets the vote as I like the added pin sharp detail in the centre. Carol
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
10 Apr 2012 8:34AM
Very nicely done, Ann: you can sense the fleshy nature of the petals, the detail being so crisp.
And as you might guess I do like the way the black b/g shows off the blooms so effectively.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
10 Apr 2012 8:36AM
Grand work.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 9:05AM
Two lovely images, wonderful colour and detail, beautifully presented.

debu 8 India
10 Apr 2012 9:28AM
A couple of good captures.
10 Apr 2012 9:54AM
Two gorgeous images,beautiful colour Ann..Lin
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 10:01AM
two lovely shots Ann, and I especially like v1 as it filled the frame better.
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 11:06AM
Super work as always Ann

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
10 Apr 2012 11:28AM
Delightful texture
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
10 Apr 2012 12:07PM
Two nice images, I hope your arm improves very soon. - gary
10 Apr 2012 12:37PM
Like both images good detail and fine texture in the petals ...hope the arms mends soon

photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
10 Apr 2012 1:14PM
Lovely tiny flower here Ann, excellent close ups
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
10 Apr 2012 1:25PM
Lovely petal shape, so pretty and the colour set off well.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 1:25PM
Beauty at the highest level, simply stunning.

Regards Nathan
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
10 Apr 2012 1:57PM
Two lovely blooms Ann, well captured...........Sandy
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
10 Apr 2012 4:18PM
These are just beautiful.
I had two night blooming epiphyllums, we over-wintered them in the garden shed, but they did not make it Sad The aroma of them was heavenly. I brought them with me from Houston, and managed for 9 years here, but the climate can be so extreme in this area.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 4:38PM
V2 has that lovely centre detail and gets my vote today - Carole
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 5:00PM
2 Wonderful images Ann.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
10 Apr 2012 5:08PM
Beautiful colour and presentation.

Best Matt
Techno Plus
9 2.8k 8 England
10 Apr 2012 6:01PM
Delicate colours/detail very presented.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
10 Apr 2012 6:37PM
A fine presentation Ann ...Bill
Gorgeous Ann, my favourite is V2....... love your explanation, and I have tried, but failed to pronounce the name!!!! Hope your arm is easing up.
10 Apr 2012 9:38PM
Two lovely images Ann wonderful colour and presentation. Gary
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
10 Apr 2012 10:32PM
Two fantastic and lovely image,very well done,
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Apr 2012 11:56PM
Two exquisite images of this pretty pink flower, you've captured its delicate beauty perfectly
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 4:22AM

Quote:Beautiful colour and presentation.

Best Matt

My opinion as well.

9 10 10 England
11 Apr 2012 1:49PM
V1 my favourite but both are very beautiful Ann.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
11 Apr 2012 2:58PM
Presented so well as always Ann,
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Apr 2012 3:47PM
Hey hey! An Epiphyllum!! Same genus as my Keng Hwa in '160 Minutes' Smile Although this is a lovely colour! Mine was white. And for a Keng Hwa, mine was smallish. But you said yours is only 1cm across?? So sweet! I never knew there were any that small.

Lovely captures of this beaut, Ann.

Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 3:49PM
50th vote here with my pleasure Ann,
love them both
tashi 7 2
11 Apr 2012 6:50PM
Excellent set! Wonderful capture n presentation.
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 7:46PM
Two superb shots Ann. Love the composition in V1 and the excellent detail in V2 so half a click each and the presentation is once again excellent.
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 8:32PM
Just beautiful.
11 Apr 2012 10:13PM
Stunning images well captured.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Apr 2012 11:23PM
Wonderfully soft and yet so much detail. A true delight
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 8:03AM
Two beautiful images Ann think V1 is my fav. Paul
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 5:51PM
Two stunners Ann, lovely colour, light and composition - I hope your arm recovers soon...
14 Apr 2012 1:30PM
Excellent shots love the colour
LexEquine 12 19 United States
14 Apr 2012 7:58PM
'Two Superb, artistic, & very lovely macro Floral Images,' Ann, with v1 being 'my Top pick'~

Have a great Weekend~~ Smile

~ Peter
metro074 8 8 Australia
15 Apr 2012 11:32AM
Superb images. Love the light and colour
15 Apr 2012 1:59PM
A couple of oustanding images Ann, glad to give this the 70 click.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 4:11PM
Hi Ann, I had to come back to this wonderful image, sorry to just have clicked last time, but I am in a shortage of time just now. Preparing a concert for Kenny Speirs from Denholm and his band. They are staying with us, for the night, so I have to prepare the guest rooms (which haven't been used over the winter and are in need of thorough cleaning - Smile), shopping and preparing food, doing in advance as much as I can do and freeze, hair dresser... etc.
But this images is far too beautiful to just leave it with a click. The textures are beautiful and the black bg even enhances them, giving a silky feeling to the bloom. Very well done!
Shellio 7 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 5:59PM
Beautiful, delicate images presented superbly.
DanielD 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 11:50AM
Beautiful - great texture

PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 1:28PM
Beautiful colours and texture. paul
Ayoob 7 Australia
17 Apr 2012 3:40PM

Quote:Two lovely images, wonderful colour and detail, beautifully presented.



Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 12:26PM
Lovely pair of captures Ann!
30 Apr 2012 1:20PM
Just beautiful Ann, lovely colour Smile

RTDS 9 Cyprus
8 May 2012 9:32PM
2 excellent captures.
They both are beautiful.
bpearson3 9 1 England
8 May 2012 11:06PM
Beautiful, as always Ann.
I hope you're well.
Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
10 May 2012 5:19AM
lovely capture, just beautiful..jocelia……..
10 May 2012 8:03AM
Lovely images of a lovely flower. A
Tibetan 6 3 England
9 Dec 2012 1:09PM
You certainly have a way with flowers, a pleasure to view even at this late stage, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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