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Damaged ~ a Rose with a Message by SummerJade

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Beautiful, but a rose also has great vulnerability. In the back corner of the garden at the edge of the woods a sweet bud with great potential was developing gracefully on its thorny stem. But thorns were not enough to deter a hungry beetle which attacked the fat bud, damaging her perfection. Still, at Nature’s call, her multitude of petals burst forth- lovely, fragrant and delicately patterned. The rose held her head up to the sun and soft breeze and hoped the world would see beyond her damage. Finally a photographer armed with PSP and some interesting Clive Sax textures came along and thought…this one is just right! Because this rose isn’t perfect, these layers will cover the wounds and enhance the beauty that remains. Nature balances the needs of her various creations. If something is taken away, then we can try to ease the loss by finding a different type of beauty and purpose. I imagine the beetle was happy with his meal and moved on. ☺

Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm
Edited in Corel Paint Shop Pro with 2 textures from Clive Sax on Flickr (supplied for a challenge).
Location: off the coast of Virginia, USA.
Season: spring, May 3rd.

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  • SummerJade
    SummerJadealmost 2 years ago


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  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...almost 2 years ago

    gorgeous… love your words… so much like each of us too…. a favorite for sure.

  • Thanks so much! I really appreciate your comment and I so agree!! ☺♥♫

    – SummerJade

  • Photos - Pauline Wherrell
    Photos - Pauli...almost 2 years ago

    Very beautiful work and words Jade!

  • Thank you very much! ☺

    – SummerJade

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 2 years ago

  • ☺♥☼♫

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  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 2 years ago


  • Fantastic!! Thank you so much for this feature!! ♥♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 2 years ago

  • Awesome! Thank you very much for this feature, it means a lot!! ♥♥♫

    – SummerJade

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 2 years ago

    Stunning capture!

  • Thank you very much! ☺

    – SummerJade

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRosealmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work and description! An instant Favourite!

  • Thanks for your comment and support, Kathryn! ☺

    – SummerJade

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

    Fantastic work!

  • Thanks, Trish! ☺♥

    – SummerJade

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanalmost 2 years ago

  • Fantastic!! Thank you so much for this feature!! ♥♥♥

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