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


Hermosa Rose


One of the "ideas" circling my head finally took form a couple days ago--



a photo session with Hermosa roses and a Japanese porcelain lunch box.



Way back in the early 70's I purchased this hand painted treasure for only $15.00! I'd never seen roses in Japanese brush work-- this is the lid. Recently, the image reminded me of Hermosa's lovely loose blooms.



On day one of the photo session, some of the roses were in bud, and I started with just our yellow walls as a backdrop. I usually begin by shooting straight on showing all there is to offer and then go on from there trying new ideas. I always hope I'll end up with something I did not anticipate. I like surprises, however they were slim that first day and I thought waiting for the next day's more open blooms might be worth while.



Next day- with buds open- I tried the traditional white background I always go for- looks ok- but where's the excitement?



I remembered this old painted backdrop, grabbed a navy napkin, and sought the morning light on the same surface from the day before. Timing is often everything in photography. I kind of like this one.




Here's the trusty surface I used and said backdrop propped up by the picture frame. I originally hoped to use my husband's fabulous big lotus pot, but I couldn't make it work except in the image below, and sorry to say, it's barely there.





And then the next day with the drama of morning light.




The bloom is only a couple inches across.



My Hermosa shrub reaches four feet though I've seen it much bigger.




Here you can see the lunch box components- they're only an inch deep and are meant for tasty little morsels. 






Photo Ops in FLorida


I don't know if the roses were flattered or annoyed by our attentions-- I like to think of this as a "harmonic convergence."



Carol Green kept saying, "Hold it." I guess we did, because she got some pretty funny shots of Sherry Roma and me as we hovered over blooms in the Harry P. Leu Rose Garden.



It was a joy to see Maggie, one of my favorite roses, looking so good in Florida.



With hat held firmly between my knees, I'm trying to cast a shadow over this pink rose for a perfect shot. Sherry, how did yours turn out? I forgot to shoot the label right there at my feet!


Pink rose

Maybe Sherry knows its name.



This one is Lady of the Dawn.



Sherry (who blogs at If Only Sweat Were Irrigation) and I became fast friends.



Yes, roses are known for their special knack of bringing people together.



Thanks for the pics Carol!