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South African Beauty by simba South African Beauty by simba
Ok, Ok ... the title might be a little misleading. ;)

This is a pic of a protea; the national flower of South Africa. I was at a protea farm some time ago and took a few shots. I narrowed the pics down to two, but had a hard time deciding which one to submit. This was the winner. :)

Intentional blur at the edges for ` bookdiva. And *nrgizrbuni, this is what I did before you got there. ;)

Enjoy.
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:iconiseekreality:
iseekreality Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Such a beautiful flower that, before today, I had never seen. Now I must find out more about it. Gorgeous!
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:iconcmcarterart:
CMCarterArt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal>> [link]
And in this news feature >> [link]
Please take a look :)
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:iconalaskagrl:
AlaskaGrl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful!!
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:icondimitriskats:
dimitriskats Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Thanks for sharing this image :) -- Truly enchanting!
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:iconmad-holistus:
Mad-Holistus Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
That's awesome, it looks like something that came out of the sea.
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks completely amazing!
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
omg that is a cool flower, nice capture :boogie:
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:iconflaneurkim:
flaneurkim Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006   Writer
wow..
that looks awesome!!
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:iconmaawbrey101:
maawbrey101 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006   Digital Artist
What an odd flower, it kinda looks like a insect well great picture :)
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:iconchilipalmer:
chilipalmer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
What an odd flower, like Bren I thought it was a cake from the thumb :D Great composition, but I wish the centre was a bright as the rest of it...
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:iconbren:
bren Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
from the thumb I thought it was a birthday cake with candles (lol)...that is so cool looking!
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:iconbadwitch31:
badwitch31 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006
Minimized it looks like a crazy birthday cake hehe This is beautiful, it is amazing what amazing things are in our world. Love the capture, great photo.
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:iconcyberci:
cyberci Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2006   Photographer
beautiful!
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:iconsquarepush:
squarepush Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2005
holy detailed! it's a real uhhh...cornucopia. nice one.
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:iconmova:
mova Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005   Photographer
i swear i thought it was a head taken from behind, and the hear had some kind of arrangement...... sorry .....my bad.
it looks nice anyway..........
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:iconbluebladedstar:
BlueBladedStar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Funky flower! I coulds spend hours looking at this, there's just so many little details with all the fluffy bits and the different colours and all the parts of the flower at different distances.

Love how you've managed to get a good depth of field so that the majority of the flower is in focus yet the background isn't too distracting. :-)
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:iconmnothing:
mnothing Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005  Student
man this is beautiful
i love natural beauty
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:iconmrzorro:
MrZorro Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Photographer
Awesome macro shot!
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:iconpenelopew:
penelopew Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
cool flower and cool photo! :+fav: (not a lot more to say... ;) )
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:iconewm:
ewm Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
a beautiful and most unusual flower. Great shot =D
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:iconbluewave:
bluewave Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2005
I also saw a happy happy birthday cake. This flower really looks like celebration to me. Its very unique and very lovely Stephen.
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:icones02:
es02 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
Very beautiful.
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:iconitscheryl:
itscheryl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
ehhe at first i thought it was a cake with lots of candles..
lovely colours... very beautiful =D
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:iconyodadude:
yodadude Featured By Owner May 12, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW, absolutely beautiful.
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:iconalatariel-luinwe:
Alatariel-Luinwe Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
That is a beautiful flower its like a lolly! lol i love it :D!!
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:icon3sunflower:
3sunflower Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
OMG! This is so interesting :D. Never saw it before ... colors are wonderful :aww:.
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:iconjade:
jade Featured By Owner May 7, 2005
Gorgeous!

I love the color and the detail... I haven't seen one of these in person before. There's a farm?
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:iconsimba:
simba Featured By Owner May 7, 2005
The farm is in Hawaii. ;)

Gorgeous in person. :nod:
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner May 7, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
lol looked like a birthday cake in the thumb... interesting flower here.
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:iconcraniac:
craniac Featured By Owner May 6, 2005   Photographer
Very nice. I don't think I've seen a protea with such vivid colours before.
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:iconinsaneartmistress:
insaneartmistress Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
thats an awsome piece. lovely photo.
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:iconrwirtz:
rwirtz Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
One of the weirdest flowers I have ever seen ... but, the colors are very pretty, as is the shape and texture.
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:iconfangedfem:
fangedfem Featured By Owner May 5, 2005
Wow- thats such a decorative flower ;) Bet it attracts all the insects in the area! Fabulous shot - the details and colors are wonderful =) I would love to order some of those!
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:iconbloodkitsune:
BloodKitsune Featured By Owner May 5, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
beautiful pic! wonder if they sell them these plants...
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:iconredux:
redux Featured By Owner May 4, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
glorious colours :nod:
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:icondewi:
dewi Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
Man, I always get excited when you show up in my devwatch. :excited: And once again, definately not dissapointed. I'm most struck by the color you were able to capture. It's balanced in a just orgasmically beautiful manner. Also, the cropping is nothing but complimentary on the highest levels. Great work, old friend. :clap:
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:iconalonewithin:
AloneWithin Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
great colors are fantastic :)
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:icontheoman:
theoman Featured By Owner May 4, 2005   Photographer
very cool definately worth a :+fav:
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:iconfreezejeans:
freezejeans Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
:wow: That's quite amazing, don't think I've ever seen anything like it! Thanks for sharing :)
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:icontriksy:
triksy Featured By Owner May 4, 2005   Photographer
That is one amazing looking flower, great capture :)
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:icononestar:
onestar Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
I love the softness and the "fuzzy" parts of the flower.
A strange, interesting and unique plant. Very cool!
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:iconc-novack:
C-Novack Featured By Owner May 4, 2005  Professional Photographer
:eyepopping: Wow, that is one stunning example of flora. Love how you can see all the crisp details of this flower from the "petals" that thrust out from it and the soft feathery portions. Very nice capture of a flower that is unique and eye-catching.
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:icongeci:
geci Featured By Owner May 4, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
nice colors... i like how sharp it is!

:thumbsup:
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:iconicore:
icore Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
Excellent detail and sharp color! Beautiful capture.

Intricately gorgeous for sure.
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
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Beautiful crisp detail,.....looks like an alien form !!!




:D bernie
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nrgizrbuni Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
Beautiful shot, sweetie! Sorry I missed out on this! :( Gorgeous composition, colors and implied movement. I'm with `bookdiva...looks like a sno cone flower with candles jetting off of it. Hmm...I know it's not your birthday but look at all those candles. :giggle: Just teasin'!

:hug:
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:iconsimba:
simba Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
Not funny. :|

Ok ... it was a little funny. ;)

:smooch:
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:iconnrgizrbuni:
nrgizrbuni Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
:giggle:
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:iconbookdiva:
bookdiva Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
This is just gorgeous, sweetie...I love everything about it, and yes, the blur, that wonderful intentional blur. ;) The tones and details are wonderful. It almost looks like there is a party going on. :boogie: :party: So festive looking.

:hug:
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:iconfrancees:
francees Featured By Owner May 3, 2005   Writer
I love it. just off centre, opening to the sun......
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