I had to resubmit this image as I was informed on one of the photo sites that the background was noisy. I couldn't see anything but I had been putting off calibrating my monitor for some months, so I spent a couple of hours recalibrating. I was shocked at how bad my black background was so here is a proper cleaned up copy. My thanks to all who voted and commented on my first submission.
very nice B&W, the is a very nice soft and delicate feel to this image, very well captured and composed. although your comment about calibrating your monitor hit prety close to home, i havent done mine in quite awhile.