Discuss and improve 'A Single Flower'

Challenge #27 in the Voter awareness.... series. Hosted by barb_s.
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Enter this challenge with a photograph of a single flower. You, as well as any DP review member are encouraged to critique entries by adding comments on how you think the image could be improved. The entrant, after reading comments should make modifications, and replace the first photo if they think the suggestions have merit. Simply withdraw, and immediately re-enter with your modified photo before the challenge goes to vote.
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Alive-looking dead flower
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Submitted: Thursday, 29th November, 2012 06:28 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 26th November, 2012
Focal length: 7.1 mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F2
ISO: 100
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