Dying to be blue

© Courtenay Vanderbilt

Dying to be blue

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/28/2008 10:56:47 AM

WOW, Courtenay, what a great BLUE chrysanthemum.... and I am honored to be the first to comment on this beauty! (unless someone else sneaks in while I write...lol) Another winner... 8o) #1057773

Kerry Hill 12/28/2008 11:19:08 AM

Beautiful floral capture, the colour is just gorgeous Courtenay!! #6949712

Carol Sawyer 12/28/2008 11:32:18 AM

Outstanding color and beautiful image, Courtenay!! #6949774

Mike Clime 12/28/2008 11:55:35 AM

Stunning, Courtenay! #6949905

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 12/28/2008 12:00:26 PM

Just gorgeous, Courtenay. Love the blue colors. #6949945

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 12/28/2008 12:12:00 PM

Beautiful macro Courtenay!! #6950036

Melissa G. Meiselman 12/28/2008 12:47:18 PM

WOW that blue is totally striking and the shot is taken with sharp detail, great lighting and wonderful composition, Courtenay!! #6950230

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 12/28/2008 1:39:29 PM

Va Va Va Voom!!!
She sure did Make an Entrance!!!!!
Stunning Color Courtenay and The detail is Fantastic!!
Wonderful Work...I can see why you made the purchase!!! #6950506

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 12/28/2008 1:49:09 PM

WOWZA, AWSOME color lighting pov and floral capture Cortenay, so BEAUTIFUL! #6950544

Ron McEwan 12/28/2008 3:22:25 PM

Courtenay I was dazzled by the brilliant blue, I never got to the kind of flower it was. Beautiful for sure, nice work with your macro #6951025

A P 12/28/2008 3:34:46 PM

I think you have a winner here honey. It's gorgeous!! #6951104

Gina Cormier level-classic 12/28/2008 3:42:43 PM

WOW....THAT is gorgeous!!! I have never seen such a blue flower presented so well!!! #6951135

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 12/28/2008 3:48:00 PM

Oh, WOW, Courtenay, this is soooooo beautiful!!!!!! Wonderful colors and awesome details!!!!!! ;-) k #6951158

Margaret R. Barry 12/28/2008 3:52:13 PM

Beautiful detail, colors, composition and lighting, Courtenay! #6951182

Courtenay Vanderbilt 12/28/2008 3:57:57 PM

You are all so very kind in your comments and they mean so much, THANK YOU! #6951208

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 12/28/2008 4:40:03 PM

This is so lovely, Courtenay, love that blues!!!

Dominick #6951322

Max Aureli level-classic 12/28/2008 5:28:50 PM

Courtenay... my dear friend... you are doing a good job on your flower collections!!! Photographing them and taking care of them!!!!!.. (Maybe Joe the slave?)
WOW!!! Great colors are coming out from this beautiful blue petals!! The yellow corolla has great details and beautiful matching tones with the petals, harmonic tones!!! Love the angle!!
Fantastic work my friend!!! We should see this one next month!!!

Good evening Court, what's up doc? #6951483

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 12/28/2008 6:15:11 PM

Thank you for your very kind comments Dominick!

Hello my dear friend Max! You are so gracious with your comments, thank you very much! They mean so much to me! What's up? Just watching a movie! LOLOL! Lights out soon! #6951631

Max Aureli level-classic 12/28/2008 6:21:03 PM

:-)) Lights out soon! Is it the title of the movie that are you watching?? ...:-) #6951650

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 12/28/2008 6:22:31 PM

No! Fargo, my friend! :-* #6951654

Jessica Jenney level-classic 12/28/2008 7:48:27 PM

Gorgeous color, detail and presentation, Courtenay! What an amazing blue! #6951877

Deb Koskovich 12/28/2008 7:51:17 PM

Now that is some eye popping color -- gorgeous, Courtenay! #6951893

Nancy L. Green level-classic 12/28/2008 8:38:00 PM

Fantastic macro work Courtenay, this is absolutely BEA"U"TIFUL, WTG!! <>< #6951998

Lorna Shutter 12/28/2008 9:33:50 PM

Wow, Courtenay! This is stunning! Your composition is fantastic! I love that beautiful blue colouring and your title is perfect! Excellent capture with your macro lens! :) #6952090

Barbara Waldoch 12/28/2008 11:58:02 PM

Beautifully captured, Courteney!
Thank you for the birthday wishes :-) #6952253

Nadya Johnson 12/29/2008 10:02:56 AM

Not natural I suppose, but what a stunning blue! Beautiful capture, Courteney! #6954144

Sherran Andersen level-classic 12/29/2008 5:37:25 PM

Great macro Courtenay. Sherran #6955457

Dave Ombrello 12/29/2008 6:07:55 PM

Beautiful color and detail Courtenay. #6955627

Sam Britt 12/29/2008 6:19:46 PM

Very beautiful floral, Courtenay. I love the shade of blue, not natural but neither are most blondes! #6955694

Courtenay Vanderbilt 12/29/2008 6:30:26 PM

Long day today! Y'all bear with me! Thank you all so very much!!! :-)))
LMAO Sam you said it, you are so right!!!! #6955745

Lorna Shutter 12/29/2008 7:00:10 PM

Good one, Sam! LOL! :) #6955938

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/29/2008 7:35:53 PM

lol - you all are making me have a sore tummy from laughing.... blondes...oh my! Great points on that one Sam! 8O) #6956118

Joan Powell 12/29/2008 9:40:28 PM

I wish more flowers came in blue . This is so pretty ! #6956413

Courtenay Vanderbilt 12/30/2008 5:25:47 PM

~LOL Sam's a hoot isn't she?
Thank you Joan, I do too!

ROLAN NARMAN 1/1/2009 3:06:41 PM

Ohh! What a lovely image! Everything is exquisite here!!! I'd love to see this image again! Makes me wanna pick up my guitar and sing you the blues!!! #6968160

Courtenay Vanderbilt 1/1/2009 8:52:21 PM

Thank you Rolan and welcome back Blues Brother! Hope you've nursed that hangover back to health! LOL! #6969139

Mary E. Lake 1/2/2009 8:07:56 PM

Holy CR&#!!!! A W E S O M E!!!
B E A U T I F U L!!!!!!!! Your macros are wonderful!!! :) #6974403

Courtenay Vanderbilt 1/3/2009 7:03:30 AM

What a smile you bring to my face Mary! Thank you so much! #6976228

John Connolly level-classic 1/4/2009 1:53:24 PM

Beautiful work, and a great title Courtenay! Your color here is startling, to say the least! #6981764

Courtenay Vanderbilt 1/4/2009 5:25:05 PM

Thank you so very much John!! #6982370

Lorna Shutter 1/7/2009 4:39:55 AM

Choo! Choo! Congratulations on your EFP for this gorgeous, blue image, Courtenay!!!!! ... This one was a given! :) #6994117

Max Aureli 1/7/2009 5:01:42 AM

Congrats Court!!! #6994252

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 1/7/2009 6:52:03 AM

on your EFP dance.... 8o) #6994842

Courtenay Vanderbilt 1/7/2009 1:41:39 PM

Thank you, Lorna the ENGINE!
Max, I wondered when we might see some Animax on here??? :-))) Thank you!
And you too Nancy, thanks for being such a faithful stalker!


Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 1/21/2009 4:58:07 PM



DO THE BP FINALIST Dance Court...8o) #7062592

Courtenay Vanderbilt 1/21/2009 4:59:37 PM

Thank you Nancy! I think I'll be up all night now catching up with everyone! #7062607

A P 1/21/2009 5:00:00 PM

Congratulations on a well deserved Finalist Courtenay. You know I HAD to do the dance of joy for YOU!!


Mary E. Lake 1/21/2009 5:06:41 PM

Congrat girl, awesome, and so deserved, best of luck in the next round!!! I hope we see this again!!! Wish I could make those little happy dancers on my comment. So much to learn, so little time. :) #7062690

ROLAN NARMAN 1/21/2009 5:16:07 PM

Courtenay! Huge Congrats on your beautiful finalist and best wishes in the next round! #7062815

ROLAN NARMAN 1/21/2009 5:19:51 PM

WOW! How cool is this!! Best wishes next round Courtenay!! #7062868

Max Aureli 1/21/2009 5:26:22 PM


Congratulations Court!!!!! ha ha ah ha ha ha #7062964

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 1/21/2009 5:32:38 PM

HUGE Congrats on your finalist, Best of luck in the next round! #7063036

Deb Koskovich 1/21/2009 5:50:20 PM

Way to go, Courtenay...huge congrats! #7063250

Sam Britt 1/21/2009 6:22:27 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Courtenay! #7063621

Courtenay Vanderbilt 1/21/2009 6:47:57 PM

THANK YOU Ann, Mary, Rolan, Millie, Max, Peaches, Deb and Sam! I'm getting around to your galleries to congratulate you too!!!! #7063921

Ken Smith level-classic 1/21/2009 7:01:12 PM

Woo hoo...congrats, Courtenay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #7064062

Lorna Shutter 1/21/2009 7:03:56 PM

Yay!!!!! Congratulations on your Finalist Award for this incredible image, Courtenay!!!!! :) Photobucket #7064091

Joan Powell 1/21/2009 7:33:17 PM

a big congrats ! #7064389

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 1/21/2009 10:07:39 PM

Awesome floral here. Congrats. on this beautiful Finalist.

UB. #7065470

Margaret R. Barry 1/21/2009 11:29:52 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Courtenay! #7065938

Barbara Waldoch 1/21/2009 11:50:11 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Courtenay! #7066066

Carol Sawyer 1/22/2009 3:34:35 AM

Congratulations, Courtenay!! #7066877

Jessica Jenney level-classic 1/22/2009 5:54:33 AM

Congratulations, Courtenay on your fabulous finalist! #7067474

Nadya Johnson 1/22/2009 8:08:45 AM

Congratulations on your outstanding finalist! #7068107

Colleen Farrell level-classic 1/22/2009 8:43:24 AM

Isn't it a shame there aren't more blue flowers in nature? Wonderful floral, Courtenay! Congratulations on an awesome finalist! #7068221

Melissa G. Meiselman 1/22/2009 9:05:43 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist!!!! #7068305

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 1/22/2009 10:10:16 AM

Congratulations Courtenay!!
This Is Excellent! #7068503

Mitch Spence level-classic 1/22/2009 10:30:28 AM

Congratulations to you, Courtenay! #7068600

Sabrina Ryan 1/22/2009 10:51:37 AM

Congratulations, Courtenay!! #7068703

Stefania Barbier level-classic 1/22/2009 11:16:27 AM


Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 1/22/2009 11:25:19 AM


Dave Ombrello level-classic 1/22/2009 11:54:19 AM

Beautiful image and well deserving of a Finalist Courtenay. Congratulations! #7069095

Mike Clime level-classic 1/22/2009 11:58:23 AM


Patrick Rouzes level-classic 1/22/2009 2:08:48 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist, Courtenay!!! #7069640

Laurie Daily level-classic 1/22/2009 2:11:38 PM

What an amazing color and a beautiful finalist...congratulations, Courtenay! #7069653

Allen Hughes level-classic 1/22/2009 2:41:20 PM

First time I saw this I knew we'd be seeing it again. Congratulations Courtenay #7069825

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 1/22/2009 7:48:35 PM

Welcome back, Courtenay!!! What a nice surprise for you to come back to another finalist this month. WTGG!!!!! HUGE Congratulations & all the best in the next round!!! #7071347

Dianna Murphy 1/23/2009 5:14:54 PM

Congratulations on your fabulous image! #7076083

Max Aureli 1/23/2009 5:18:23 PM


Congratulations Court!!! :-)) #7076127

Courtenay Vanderbilt 1/23/2009 5:31:52 PM

Thank you Dianna and Max! Your comments mean a lot! #7076287

Jeana Clark level-classic 1/24/2009 7:59:07 PM

So Gorgeous Courtenay!!!!
Excellent Finalist!!!!

~J~ #7081789

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/26/2009 1:09:56 AM

So gorgeous! No wonder you got such a high honor! TOTALLY COOL Courtenay!!! -Laura :) #7087611

John Connolly level-classic 2/9/2009 1:40:57 PM

How on earth did I ever miss your finalist award here Courtenay! Congratulations, it is a well deserved award! #7146400

Courtenay Vanderbilt 2/15/2009 7:08:35 PM

Gosh, I feel badly not thanking you Jeana and Laura!
John, thank you so much for bring this to my attention and your very kind comments. I'm afraid I have been a bit too busy of late! #7169526

Max Aureli 2/15/2009 7:14:23 PM

he he he :-) Court,... what's up?? #7169543

Max Aureli 2/23/2009 11:02:18 AM

he he he :-))) Court What's up again???? Congratulations my friend of this big blue!!!! :-))))) #7198875

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1/3, f 14.0, 105 mm, ISO 400, tripod, window light
Wanted to buy some flowers to play with my macro lens. I was struck by the stunningly blue dyed chrysanthemums and had to have them. Mums come in just about every color except blue!

Exif: F Number: 14, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/30 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80

Uploaded on 12/28/2008 10:52:43 AM

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Camera: Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera

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