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Colorful Rose Hips

by RonaBlack , November 21, 2013—12:00 AM

Topics: color, macro photography, nature, photographic art, rose hips

A rose bush in its second season of color. Salt Lake City, November 2013. 0 comments

Rosa 'Mission Bells' at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. 0 comments

Thinking of spring during these exceptionally cold days. A budding agapanthus flower from the Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino CA, June 2012. 0 comments

Macro photograph of vivid purple and yellow pansies. Photographed in Salt Lake City, Utah. 0 comments

A natural array of color produced by light refraction in the wing of a dragonfly. Photographed in Salt Lake City, Utah. 0 comments

Rain-soaked Peonies has become my best-selling image. It is the first of my photographs to have been purchased in every format offered: framed prints, stretched canvas prints and greeting cards. I found these beautiful flowers in London at the Middle Temple Garden of the Inns of Court in the spring of 2009. I've never seen any other like them. They were unusual both for their size and color; they were quite large and the color gradation included pink and yellow in the same bloom. Raindrops added to the unique presentation. 0 comments

Rainy Day Leaves It just so happens that this year's Fall season in Salt Lake is turning out to be one of the most colorful in recent memory. The other day, a woman who has lived here for many decades told me she'd never seen so much orange in the changing leaves. I took this macro photograph while it was raining and the color is probably more vivid that it would have been had the sun been shining. http://www.activesearchresults 1 comment

A Peek Inside, 8" _ 8" Much of the photography I do is extremely close up or macro. While shooting, some details are visible, but quite often the intricacies of line and color are not apparent. In this macro photograph of the interior of a red tulip, I was unable to see the purple tones or the dew on the yellow flower bud until the image was developed. As happens quite often with macro photography, the final result was a bit of a surprise. http://www.activesearchresults 0 comments

rain soaked peonies, 2009 11" _ 15" Roses weren't the only flowers I spent time photographing in London. I found these peonies in the Middle Temple Garden at the Inns of Court. As in every garden in London in May and June, there were also roses in abundance, but I usually went to Queen Mary's Gardens in Regent's Park for those. These were unusual both for their size and color; they were quite large and the color gradation included pink and yellow in the same bloom. http://www.activesearchresults 2 comments

roses after the rain, 2009 13.2" _ 11" Flowers with water drops are often very appealing and fun to photograph. In the right light, water can add sparkle or a glint that brightens an otherwise dull bloom. Occasionally you can catch more than light in a raindrop; the many colors of a bed of roses and its surroundings, including the blue of the sky, show up in this refraction. http://www.activesearchresults 1 comment

Starting Out, 2009 Queen Mary's Gardens in London's Regent's Park boasts some of the most beautiful roses in the world. I was there in May when most varieties were at their peak. It was wonderful to be able to visit almost daily and record their growth; the colors from bud to full bloom were spectacular. http://www.activesearchresults 0 comments

One Raindrop Salt Lake City's Temple Square gardens during the summer are filled with standard-issue flowers and plants -- nothing too exotic or interesting -- because the conditions aren't suited to the roses or tulips we have at other times of the year. These ornamental peppers are an exception; they're vibrant and interestingly shaped and became the perfect subject for a macro photograph. http://www.activesearchresults 0 comments

After Rodchenko, 2009. 27" x 36" A photograph with minimal color can be as striking as one in full color. Here the light coming through the windows at the Tate Modern in London provides depth and dimension. http://www.activesearchresults

Queen Mary's Roses Just back from a seven-week stay in London and was surprised by the abundance of flowers. I had been planning on spending time in the acclaimed Queen Mary's rose gardens in Regent's Park, but was unaware of all of the other flowers in bloom in May and June. http://www.activesearchresults 0 comments

A close-up photograph of eye-catching yellow and fuchsia roses in the three and a half acre rose garden at The Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. http://www.activesearchresults 0 comments