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When Roses Speak, I Pay Attention


"As long as we are able to 

be extravagant we will be

hugely and damply

extravagant. Then we will drop

foil by foil to the ground. This

is our unalterable task, and we do it



And they went on. "Listen,

the heart-shackles are not, as you think,

death, illness, pain,

unrequited hope, not loneliness, but

lassitude, rue, vainglory, fear, anxiety,



Their fragrance all the while rising

from their blind bodies, making me

spin with joy.

by Mary Oliver...Thirst

 Linking up with KK texture tuesday: 

greyday texture and preset-Litely used 

on all photo's...Be Still 32..three different 

backdrops..Linen, black foam core and lace.

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Reader Comments (17)

So beautiful Cheryl the roses are so serene
I love the linen background.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVi Halliwell

So beautiful! I love all of the different backgrounds.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Oh my Cheryl, you are really rocking the still life images on this one. The dreamy white tones are so beautiful! The gentle softness of the roses is soft whipped frosting. I love every one of the different backgrounds and how each one is a fresh point of view. Excellent triptych!! xx

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

The three together is so pretty.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Beautiful photos! I'm loving all the different is amazing how each one changes the feel of the photo!

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterValerie (Our Ruins)

It's hard to choose just one as all three shots are beautiful...Isn't it fun changing the background and seeing that it completely changes the image.....

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Amazing images! You arranged it wonderful. Love them all.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEscara / Esther

These are just stunning. Very nice.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdiana foster

I did a white rose too, though I was so lazy and didn't mess with backdrops and all the other nice touches that you added!

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPam (pamela greer 365)

They are all beautiful, but my fav is the linen background. There's something special about white on white photography the really draws me in.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan W

Oliver's words and your beautiful images are a perfect pairing, Cheryl. Love the soft swirls of those petals, so lovely and delicate with the baby's breath.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Mary Oliver always seems to know exactly how to state my feelings:) All three images are absolutely wonderful!

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGail O

I love them all!

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

Thank you all so much for your visit and encouraging's always a pleasure to see you...

January 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

So lovely Cheryl!

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P

Your roses are beautiful! I think the lace background is my favorite, but they are all really wonderful.

January 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle B

Cheryl, I hadn't read this poem by Mary Oliver, and I thank you for including it in your post. Such beautiful words, so powerful in imagery, and so hopeful, too. I would love to spin with joy! Your rose photographs are perfect - and I do wonder how you would choose your favorite!

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

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