Sunday, March 21, 2010

Macro Monday: A Forsythia Bloom

(enlarge for detail)

Last week I trimmed a couple of branches from my forsythia bush and brought them inside to force them to bloom. They have since blossomed and add a little touch of Spring to the center of my dining room table. I took quite a few shots that I really like and I'll be sharing more later this week.
I like the softness of this one taken in the natural light of the window. It is straight out of the camera with no cropping. All I did was add a small frame.
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27 comments:

judi said...

buttery looking, soft yellow is perfect. The stamen is exquisite.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful Carletta. I used to love to do that with forsythia. You may be the only person who can make a picture look better than the subject! I kind of miss the spring flowers down here in the subtropics.

Johnny Nutcase said...

great one, it looks so soft and silky. Like the angle of this one too!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Nice macro, Carletta. I love Forsythia blossoms. Yellow is one of my all-time favorite colors. Our Forsythias here are not anywhere near ready to bloom. In fact, our Crocuses are the only blooms we have so far. And now---it's turning cold again!!!! Geeessshhh.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

Forsythia blossoms always mean that Spring has arrived as far as I'm concerned. This is a beautiful picture.

Stephany said...

A stunning macro, Carletta! Can't wait to see the rest of them! I love the soft edges and the lighting. There are some tiny buds on my forsythia but they are clamped shut. I hope your knee feels much better tomorrow, my friend!

Thom said...

Boy if I could only do my marcros half this good...1/4 this good. Well done. I love it :)

Rosidah Abidin said...

Beautiful shot! I wish the flower was on our dining room table :). I love straight out of the camera photos. Have a wonderful week, Carletta.

Birgitta said...

Stunning macro!

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Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Ooooh, Carletta, it's sooo pretty! I like the softness, also, & the natural light! Very nice, Very nice!!!

Jay said...

How lovely!

Our neighbour has a forsythia which droops over to our side of the fence. I often cut a few sprays when it flowers - but I hadn't thought to pick it in bud and force it. I might do that, thanks! :)

Colleen said...

Sometimes I forget to look at the individual blooms and just see the forsythia bush as a whole. The blooms are quite pretty.

Gel said...

Glowing gorgeous shot. I especially like that you have the flower pointing to the right so artistically. Very nice bokeh.

Gel
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Kiki said...

So beautiful Carletta..soft and peaceful...just lovely!
Kiki~

dawn said...

Gorgeous macro!

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Lovely capture. I have yet to get a decent shot of this beautiful blossom.

JunieRose2005 said...

ahhh- VERY nice, Carletta!

I loved seeing these plants on visits to my sister when she lived in Pa. They do not grow here so it was a new thrill for me! (lol-YES- flowers DO qualify as 'thrills' for me!)

You did a great job with this shot, too, and I'll be watching for more pics later in the week.

Junie

Tammie Lee said...

I like the softness of this as well, quite lovely.

Craver Vii said...

I use the blooming forsythia as a calendar for lawn care. Your lovely photo scared me... I thought I was behind schedule.

awarewriter said...

The way you've isolated that single forsythia bloom is delicious Carletta. The colors, the textures and the mood are perfect. Thanks for stopping by. I see the little creature in the foreground as well.

Jientje said...

I love the focus in the heart of the flower, very well done!

Kerri said...

This is superb! I LOVE it!!

lisaschaos said...

That's a great idea and a lovely shot. I used to not like forsythia, but it's grown on me over the years. :)

kaye said...

I love Forsythia

Judy said...

So much better than the ones I have posted....

Rose said...

This is so nice, Carletta! Just beautiful.

happily retired gal said...

What a wonderful view of this beautiful yellow blossom!
Hugs and blessings,