Rose Rewards
Reaping Roses

Posy Parade

Rose posies are part of the sweet dailiness of life in our rose garden, and the magic of it all urges action with a camera. However backgrounds can be an issue, and sometimes our friendly yellow wall is just too convenient. I had to try something different.



Only feet away, and through a door to the side of our house, there were several possibilities I'd never thought about before.


My artist husband, Leroy Parker, likes to make mono prints of manhole covers. On a search in Oakland, CA, he found this one from Portland (The City of Roses), Oregon. When Leroy told the attendant at the manhole yard that his wife was born in Portland, the man gave this to him. We now use it as a stepping stone.


Portland is famous for their annual June Rose Parade. As a child, I enjoyed many, and I remember sitting on the sidewalk watching the rosey floats go by. I placed the little posies on this glorious memento to try it out as a background.



Here are Yves Piaget and Lillian Austin.



Well, that was fun! But hey, there was another manhole cover near by, unpainted.



Then I spotted a painted piece of rusty metal.

Rose posies



Was that enough photo fun for one morning? Not quite, even ready for transport the posies are photo fabulous.

Posies to go


As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.

~Sam Abell