“Rose is a rose is a rose.” — Gertrude Stein

I very rarely photograph roses.  For some reason they appear somewhat ordinary to me, perhaps because they are so popular and are spoiled in my mind by the excessive symbolism accorded to them.  But the rich color of this rose, and its exceptionally soft petals caught my eye.

42 responses

  1. I love roses, and often look at them… and photograph them too… This rose picture is without doubt ‘extra ordinary’. Bravo!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    • Shimon, thank you for this comment. I am very grateful for your feedback. I’m eager to stop over and catch up on some reading on your blog.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:10 am

  2. WOW! So impressive… Thank you dear Melanie, with my love, nia

    April 30, 2012 at 10:59 am

  3. You did a beautiful job photographing this one.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    • Thank you, Edith! I’ve fallen way behind in visits and hope to stop over soon to see what YOU have been up to. I always look forward to your posts.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:13 am

  4. WOW – is right! reminds me of a Georgia O’Keefe! It’s stunning! Z

    April 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

  5. I love roses and I am glad you overcame your feeling that a rose is somehow ordinairy! great shot!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm

  6. Gorgeous. 🙂

    April 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

  7. Sultry…

    April 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  8. I love roses, but on bushes, not necessarily in an arrangement. They smell so much better that way it seems. Lovely photo! The light on the edges of the petals is very nice.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  9. I want to eat it.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  10. Je suis un peu comme toi au sujet des roses, mais tu as bien fait de prendre celle-ci en photo. Quelle douceur, intensité et merveilleuses courbes.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  11. Lovely macro.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  12. Velvet petals beautifully captured…….

    Pam (and Sam)

    April 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  13. It’s all velvety and beautiful.
    (Please excuse me – Gertrude Stein has no ‘e’ on the end.)

    April 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    • I hope you don’t mind my pointing that out. No offence meant. I’ve had two PIDGEONS on my blog for a while and I wish someone had told me that what I have is two PIGEONS. 🙂

      May 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

      • Are you kidding?! I appreciated your pointing it out. It was a typo and I meant to go back and correct the title of the post, but haven’t had a chance yet. I’m just now catching up. I’m a big fan of Gertrude Stein and simply got carried away with the “e”s in rose rose rose Gertrude… 🙂

        May 2, 2012 at 1:33 am

        • In a sort of funny way, I think Gertrude Stein might have appreciated all those Eeeeees. 😀

          May 2, 2012 at 1:35 am

  14. George Weaver

    There’s nothing ordinary here. I agree with you about roses. Occasionally, I see a rose that is different. This one is wonderful with its softly curling pedals. Do you like the old fashioned single roses? I’m inclined to like them in plantings since they are hardy and behave like natural shrubs. How did I get on to that? Ha Ha Senile Monday.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    • Hi, George. I’m late, late, late replying. I think an old fashioned single rose is lovely. And I also have a particular fondness for the “yellow rose of Texas,” not only for the legends it’s associated with but because my paternal grandmother held it so dear.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:42 am

  15. Love the softness of this, and the fact that you’ve managed to avoid all the rose cliches. Great photograph.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  16. That is absolutely gorgeous!

    May 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

  17. Beautiful! I can almost smell it 🙂

    May 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  18. This is lovely, very delicate!

    May 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

  19. ¡Bellísima imagen!

    May 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  20. That is beautiful…and goes beyond my understanding of what a rose is or should be…very nice.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

  21. Gorgeous….nuff said

    May 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

  22. I agree. there is a loose catch 22 like situation !

    they are one of excessively photographed subjects which can play havoc with your mind…and yet there is a reason they are overly photographed 🙂

    May 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

  23. elmediat

    Falling into the depths of a silk blanket. Beautiful. 🙂

    May 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  24. Very nice Photo.
    .Amazing shot of the red rose

    May 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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