Few sights are more beautiful than a rose in its prime after a morning rain, and I was fascinated by the spiral of petals in this opening blossom. This rose variety is one of my personal favorites, the hybrid tea “Love & Peace,” an All-America Rose Selection for 2002. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/160 sec., ISO 200, morning sun/clouds after rain, handheld)

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Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Avatar/Rose Closeup” challenge in Enchanted Flowers group (November 2013)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Favorite Half Open Rose” challenge in Gorgeous Flower Cards group (June 2013)

Top 10 in “A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet” in #1Enchanted Flowers group (May 2012)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Multi-colored Roses in Nature” challenge in Roses Grow on You group (April 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...almost 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful image Celeste with such rich colour!

  • Thank you! This particular rose variety does have wonderful color.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Poplealmost 3 years ago

    Classic beauty . . .and I love the spiral you’ve captured . . .gorgeous Celeste x

  • Thanks, Teresa! The spiral was too good to ignore, and it caused me to shoot straight down at the flower — something I rarely do!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, Celeste! The colours and lines of the petals are wonderful!

  • Thanks, Damienne! This rose variety is quite special.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thank you, Ann!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

    I am reluctant to ‘dumb-down’ such a breathtaking image but I’m thinking ice cream…and I’m not even a huge ice-cream fan….. how lovely this is, Celeste, with the overlapping swirls and soft blends of color on those curved petals… I also like your shooting perspective for this…. that’s such a gorgeous shade of yellow also.

  • Thanks very much, Katherine. I can see the ice cream similarity, especially if it’s soft-serve that spirals into a cone from a dispenser. The rose itself seemed to dictate the perspective, as the top-down view showed the spiral swirl to best advantage.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KBritt
    KBrittalmost 3 years ago

    This is just beautiful! Great color, great visual pattern – Lovely! ~kim

  • Thank you very much, Kim!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KazM
    KazMalmost 3 years ago

    Super Spiral
    Clever Capture & Composition of Colourful Centre

  • Thanks, Kaz! It was the spiral that caught my eye as I was looking at a cluster of rosebushes.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Simply superbly captured.

  • Thanks very much, Julie!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Roses Grow on You

    BEAUTIFUL work,

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