Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fun With Flowers

We rarely get driving rain in the Los Angeles basin--the kind that pelts buckets and makes you pull off the road because you can't see. We do get rain, however. (We'd almost forgotten it.) This past week we had several days of constant, gentle showers. The drought-dry soil just drank it up and all the plants are dazzled.

These miniature roses are delovely the way they are. Then again, they begged to be messed with in post.


What do you think? Anniversary card "to the one I love?" Get well card?
Maybe a sympathy card.


The black and white doesn't quite work, I suppose because the color values of the leaves and flowers are too much the same. I kind of like it, though. Now there's your sympathy card.

This could go on, but you get the idea. How will you be wasting away your weekend?

16 comments:

dive said...

How delightfully English, Petrea.
This looks like a card commiserating with us poor limeys for not living in (usually) sunny Pasadena.

J.J. in L.A. said...

I love the pinky/peachy rose. I took a pic of a rose in our front garden. You've inspired me to post it on my Photo Friday segment next week.

Thib said...

Beautiful roses, Petrea! And nice shots!
I agree with you about the B&W. But did you try the "sepia"? It might give your roses a sort of nice "oldish" effect!?

Jean Spitzer said...

Is valentine's day card too obvious?

Latino Heritage said...

Lovely.

Petrea said...

Hee hee, Dive. Maybe they're English roses.

J.J., you go!

Thib, I did try the sepia and I liked it. I had all kinds of psychadelic things going on. I didn't post everything because I didn't want to bore you.

Jean, let's use the original for the Valentine's Day card. I like all the others but it's still my favorite.

altadenahiker said...

I'm trying to think what color that is on top. Magenta? Fuchsia? Whatever it is, I like it.

Steve Scauzillo said...

I like the way the water droplets cling to the petals. It is not so rare these days to show rain in SoCal. Much rarer is sun!

TheChieftess said...

The black and white roses would be perfect for a "drop dead" card for the bad break up...

Petrea said...

Thank you, Latino Heritage!

I don't know what it is, either, Hiker, but it was growing beside a driveway three blocks from my house.

These days you're right Steve, but I'm liking this weather.

Chieftess, I think you've given me a business plan.

Ms M said...

It's fun to play with photos, isn't it :) The middle photo with the delicate colors sets a nice mood. The last one reminds me of that Stones song: "Dead Flowers"....

My WV is regod

Jean Spitzer said...

Chieftess has a great idea, there. Sadly, there are an awful lot of bad breakups. (When you care enough to send . . . .")

pasadenapio said...

You'll be swell, you'll be great!
Gonna have the whole world on a plate.
Starting here, starting now,
Honey, everything's coming up roses...

Petrea said...

"...and I won't forget to put roses on your grave." Ms. M, thanks for reminding me of a great song.

Jean, I'm the type who wouldn't want to give 'em the satisfaction of knowing I cared enough! But some people might just want to get in that last word.

PIO, for some reason roses make people sing.

Susan Campisi said...

Raindrops on roses - usually a rare sight in Pasadena but not lately, although today was lovely.

Love that Rolling Stones song.

Amy said...

Ooh, I like all three versions!

I am glad for the rain for many reasons, but especially since I went to the Huntington yesterday and it was very lush and pretty.