Paradise Found

© Val Feldman

Paradise Found

Courtenay Vanderbilt 3/15/2010 4:15:04 AM

Good morning, neighbor! This is absolutely exquisite, Valarie! I wish I could get a whiff too! #1248539

Agnes Fegan 3/15/2010 4:16:31 AM

This looks like a perfect "scratch and sniff"! So delicate looking with pretty colors! #8456120

Tammy M. Anderson 3/15/2010 4:21:11 AM

Another perfect image. I seem to be using that word alot this morning. LOL. So many beautiful images. This is stunning, Valarie. Love the colors, details and composition. #8456136

Jeff Robinson 3/15/2010 4:47:50 AM

Beautiful - Outstanding color and detail!! Jeff #8456231

Usman M. Bajwa 3/15/2010 4:47:57 AM

Lovely color and well presented, Valarie. Love the title too.

UB. #8456233

Maria A. Gonzalez 3/15/2010 4:48:52 AM

Beautifully composed and the colors are beautiful with fine detail...You are right about the aroma of Plumerias,they are so beautiful and do smell like Paradise..Very elegant image,Val..Well captured and I really like the composition,it has a very nice flow to it...Have a great day. #8456238

Julie Burnett 3/15/2010 4:49:54 AM

What a treat for the eyes, Val!! The colors in the Plumeria are outrageous!! Gorgeous against those greens!! #8456250

Amy M. Wilson 3/15/2010 4:53:06 AM

Gorgeous... love the comp, colors, details, clarity; just outstanding in every way, Valarie! #8456266

Linda D. Lester 3/15/2010 5:05:31 AM

These are so beautiful!!!! #8456335

Robert R. Goodman 3/15/2010 5:10:03 AM

Hi Valarie,I bet the aroma is beautiful my friend.Stunning color and detail,a winner in my books!!!! #8456356

Cathy Barrows 3/15/2010 5:42:34 AM

absolutely gorgeous #8456439

Gina Cormier 3/15/2010 5:45:21 AM

WOW...spectacular Val!!!! The composition is just perfect and the colors and detail are out of this world. Another winner my friend!!!! #8456447

Patricia Seidler 3/15/2010 6:24:55 AM

This absolutely beautiful Valarie. I remember seeing a lot of these in Hawaii when I was there 10 year ago. The aroma is incredible. #8456535

Ron McEwan 3/15/2010 6:26:57 AM

I know the feeling Valarie like trying to get mountain air into a bottle to enjoy when you come back to the flat lands. Excellent image detail and texture is on the mark. #8456541

Jack Ryan 3/15/2010 6:39:48 AM

Very well composed with excellent detail and beautiful color...excellent work, Val. #8456592

Douglas Pignet 3/15/2010 6:45:56 AM

Beautiful slft glow on this beautiful flowers...Well done. #8456611

Anita Hogue 3/15/2010 7:28:22 AM

It sure is gorgeous and I think I can almost smell it! #8456740

Ellen Hodges 3/15/2010 8:22:51 AM

Wonderful capture, and sooooo agree with your title of this exquisite beauty, Val! Really gorgeous start to the week!!! fv'd. #8456798

Carol Eade 3/15/2010 10:21:35 AM

Beautifully captured, Valarie...these grow well here in So. Florida, and I just love them! #8457015

Marty Straub 3/15/2010 10:42:06 AM

Ah, nothing like a heady smell in the morning, Valarie. What a mag-sniff-a-scent signpost shot! An outstanding composition. Is that how you found it? Even if that's the way it was, this would be so hard to see without such a well-trained eye. I saved space in my favorites for this one. #8457053

Rony Sagy 3/15/2010 10:44:06 AM

Exceptional beauty and clarity, Val. #8457055

David M. Montero 3/15/2010 11:11:33 AM

My favorite flower and they do smell wonderful. Always reminds me of Hawaii. Well done Valarie. #8457091

Carrie M. Groseclose 3/15/2010 11:14:28 AM

Such a beautiful floral, Val! Wonderfully captured and presented. #8457098

Hal Bambrick 3/15/2010 12:05:24 PM

Very WELL Done Valarie!!!!!!. #8457207

Val Feldman 3/15/2010 12:45:52 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments - as always, they're much appreciated...and yes, Marty, this is how I found this bloom...almost laying on a leaf...stretched out - I cropped out most of the stem... #8457357

Monnie Ryan 3/15/2010 1:39:10 PM

Closest I'll ever get is the Plumeria body wash from the Bath & Body Shop, I'm afraid. Sure is a beautiful capture, Valarie! #8457469

Daniella Puente 3/15/2010 2:51:56 PM

Beautiful Valarie! #8457636

Kathleen Rinker 3/15/2010 2:55:54 PM

Excellent shot, fabulous color, detail and light!! #8457649

Gord MacEachern 3/15/2010 4:03:20 PM

Excellent floral Valarie, lovely colors,and detail. Beautiful!!!! #8457799

Barbara Waldoch 3/15/2010 6:13:39 PM

Gorgeous capture, Valarie! #8458059

Kerry Hill 3/15/2010 6:26:40 PM

Gorgeous floral capture Valarie, beautiful colours ans details!! #8458092

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 3/15/2010 6:27:29 PM

This is so's, it's indecent, Val!!! LOLOL Breathtaking!!! :-) k #8458095

Dianna Murphy 3/15/2010 6:41:49 PM

I wish it could be too, but the image is luscious enough to remind me of that wonderful aroma. Gorgeous colors. Perfect light. #8458128

Jean-Pierre Ducondi 3/15/2010 6:43:44 PM

Great composition and contrast. Great work.
JP #8458134

Julianne Bradford 3/15/2010 8:55:14 PM

A real beauty Valarie! We have some here at my daughter's house and the smell when they are blooming is amazing. Thanks for the memories :-) #8458413

Val Feldman 3/16/2010 4:14:04 AM

Thanks - always a pleasure having company, especially folks who stop by and say nice things! :) And as always, it's appreciated!! ~Val #8458864

Candice C. Calhoun 3/16/2010 5:05:25 AM

Absolutely your composition, color and details!

ccc #8458991

Nancy J. Locke 3/16/2010 6:00:23 AM

Val, this is AWESOME!!! So delicate and perfect!!! WOOT!!!

Hugs, Nancy J Locke #8459153

Sabrina Ryan 3/16/2010 6:31:39 PM

Pretty Plumeria photo, Valarie! #8460486

Val Feldman 3/17/2010 3:17:59 PM

Thanks so much Candice, Nancy and Sabrina! #8462035

Ann H. Belus 3/17/2010 9:46:50 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Valerie! I love the simplicity of the composition, detail, and color! #8462697

Patrick Rouzes 3/18/2010 3:12:18 PM

Glorious colors, detail, clarity, presentation & exquisite beauty captrued here, Valarie! Lovely work indeed! WTG! #8464280

Tommy E. Burgess 3/19/2010 12:34:44 AM

Truely stunning floral Val!! I hope we see this beauty again! #8465084

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 3/20/2010 1:47:05 PM

Very beautiful, Val! Great presentation and detail!! #8468375

Patti Coblentz 3/31/2010 4:04:50 PM

Such a beautifully composed image of the most exquisite smelling and the magnolia have to be my favorites! Gorgeous in every way, Val!

Patti #8501042

Karen E. Michaels 4/23/2010 9:01:29 AM

From your stunning, work, I too wish this piece were a scratch-n-sniff.
Impressive Val. #8564538

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 9/15/2010 3:29:45 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Valarie, outstanding work! #8903139

Ann Coates 9/15/2010 5:33:40 PM

I love the sound of a scratch and sniff photo. Could be on to something there. Congratulations on your gorgeous finalist Valarie. #8904302

Tommy E. Burgess 9/15/2010 6:17:37 PM

Huge congratulations on this very beautifl finalist Val!! best of luck in the next round! #8904667

Rona L. Schwarz 9/15/2010 8:03:50 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on another superb Finalist, Val!!! Good Luck In The Next Round! #8905597

Stefania Barbier 9/16/2010 2:41:10 AM

fantastic finalist, congratulations! #8907512

Marilyn Cornwell 9/16/2010 5:18:45 AM

Wonderful 'resubmission' and fabulous finalist Valarie! #8908123

Nancyj E. Hovey 9/16/2010 3:19:01 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8909945

Jeana Clark 9/16/2010 5:20:21 PM

Outstanding Capture!!!!
Many Congrats for your Finalist!!!!
Best Of Luck In The Next Round!!!

~J~ #8910600

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 9/17/2010 12:18:25 PM



Photobucket #8912790

Kathy Cline 9/17/2010 12:21:55 PM

Beautiful Val, Congratulations... I want to go back to Hawaii now for some more of these flowers.
Have a blessed day! #8912807

Tammy Espino 9/17/2010 12:37:06 PM

Congrats on your win :) #8912867

Linda D. Lester 9/17/2010 12:38:48 PM

Awesome.....Congratulations!!!!! #8912880

Phyllis H. Burchett 9/17/2010 1:06:41 PM

Congratulations Valarie on this gorgeous winner! #8913014

Agnes Fegan 9/17/2010 1:07:36 PM

So pretty Val...congratulations on your win! #8913021

Bojan Bencic 9/17/2010 1:10:26 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Valarie. #8913047

Rona L. Schwarz 9/17/2010 1:36:39 PM

Striking composition with marvelous colors and detail, Val!
HUGE C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on this GOLD WINNER!!! #8913150

Renee Doyle 9/17/2010 1:43:22 PM

Gorgeous!! Congratulations on this wonderful winner Val!! #8913188

Rony Sagy 9/17/2010 2:17:44 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful win, Val. Exceptional work. #8913295

Freddy Bland 9/17/2010 2:21:48 PM

Congratulations, Val!! Spectacular capture and wish we could "sniff" it, too!! I've never seen one!! WTG!!! #8913305

Patrick Rouzes 9/17/2010 2:39:56 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your incredible & well-deserved Gold Winner here, Valarie! WTG, indeed! #8913329

Nancyj E. Hovey 9/17/2010 3:36:22 PM

On your Second Place WINNER! 8o) #8913528

Gina Cormier 9/17/2010 4:00:33 PM


Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 9/17/2010 4:16:33 PM

AWESOME winner, Val! :-)♫♪♫ k #8913659

Debra R. Harder 9/17/2010 4:52:47 PM

Everything you do turns to GOLD, Val!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER! Deb #8913765

Danny B. Head 9/17/2010 4:57:42 PM

Congrats on a great winner, Val !!!! #8913781

Tammy M. Anderson 9/17/2010 4:57:50 PM

Congrats Valarie on your beautiful winner. #8913782

R. J. Laudenbacher 9/17/2010 5:51:21 PM

WTG Val...So happy to see it with Gold...Congratulations on your fabulous win. #8913966

Anita Hogue 9/17/2010 7:11:45 PM

So very beautiful Valarie! Your work is just incredible!

Kathy Salerni 9/17/2010 7:45:48 PM

You got the GOLD!!! Big congratulations on this beautiful winner, Val! #8914288

Patti Coblentz 9/17/2010 8:06:25 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful win, Val!! WTG!! #8914368

Stefania Barbier 9/17/2010 10:24:20 PM

congratulations on your gorgeous win Val! #8914586

Barbara Waldoch 9/18/2010 12:59:20 AM

Awesome! Congratulations! #8914676

Hosey M. Harrell III 9/18/2010 6:12:09 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic winner, Valarie!


Margaret R. Barry 9/18/2010 6:16:13 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Valarie! #8914976

Val Feldman 9/18/2010 6:40:14 AM

Thanks so much BP Friends for your wonderful encouragement and support - as always, it's so appreciated! ~Val #8915042

Maria A. Gonzalez 9/18/2010 6:45:32 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful winner,Val..I can smell the fragance of this amazing flowers...Well done. #8915071

Terry Cervi 9/18/2010 6:57:15 AM

Congrats on your stunning win, Val! Very well deserved!! #8915123

Maria Morrow 9/18/2010 7:30:52 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding winner, Val! #8915281

Karen Bacon 9/18/2010 7:42:03 AM

A huge congratulations Valerie! #8915331

Jeana Clark 9/18/2010 10:12:02 AM

Knew we'd see this again!!!
Awesomely Beautiful Val!!!!
A huge Congrats for
your Awesome Winner!!!

~J~ #8915664

Jeff Robinson 9/18/2010 12:47:09 PM

Congrats Val on your Wonderful 2nd Place Win!! Jeff #8915992

Courtenay Vanderbilt 9/18/2010 5:40:50 PM

Hey, super win, Valarie! Congratulations! #8916463

Sabrina Ryan 9/18/2010 7:23:40 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Valarie on your Outstanding Winning image! #8916622

Ellen Hodges 9/18/2010 8:27:39 PM

Huge congrats on your fabulous winner, Val!! #8916734

Rony Sagy 9/19/2010 12:03:38 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful win, Valarie. Sorry to be so late in my comments. This is a spectacular well deserving photo. #8916915

Julianne Bradford 9/19/2010 5:31:55 PM

A big congratulations on this stunning win Valarie!! #8918437

Nadia Paul 9/19/2010 7:54:32 PM

So beautiful Val - congrats on your win! #8918680

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 9/20/2010 12:26:43 PM

A stunning winning image Valarie, congratulations! #8920009

Mary Beth Aiello 9/20/2010 2:00:43 PM

This is absolutely gorgeous, Valarie. Huge congrats. #8920133

Carol L. Fowler 9/21/2010 11:19:24 AM

Congrats on this Winner and all of your superb Finalists! #8922056

Carol Eade 9/21/2010 3:13:16 PM

I'm so happy to see this one again, Valarie, warm congratulations on your beautiful winner! #8922381

Julie Burnett 9/22/2010 4:16:01 AM

Congratulations on this fabulous winner, Val!! #8923322

David M. Montero 9/28/2010 5:51:10 AM

Congratulations on your win Valarie! I'm very happy for you. #8934527

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 10/13/2010 3:40:33 PM

Congratulations on your win!!! So impressive Val! #8964701

JO ANN CLEVELAND 10/15/2010 1:18:36 PM

Woweeee! Gorgeous 2nd Place Win Val, soooo well deserved, congratulations!

jo ann c.

Bonnie C. Lackey 10/16/2010 5:30:06 PM

No one captures the beauty of flowers better than you, Valarie, and this proves it. #8975166

Dominick M. Dimacale 11/9/2010 1:44:17 AM

Valarie, belated congratulations on your Win!!!

Dominick #9022394

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I wish this could be a "scratch and sniff" photo, so everyone could help themselves to a whiff of the heady, tropical scent of plumeria. I'd grow it here, if I could - lots of it - but the Central TX winters are too cold and the summers too hot. This one was found down south in the Plumeria Gardens of the South TX Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi.

Resubmitted August 2010

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/1600 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 250, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 270.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300

Uploaded on 3/15/2010 4:10:04 AM

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