Beauty in Decay/2

Just spent a short burst in the garden, trying to free some of the raspberry canes from rampant marauding bindweed….with minimal success. Because I have very limited stamina these days, I really don’t get very far…but I feel I have to make some effort. Alas, it looks like no raspberries this year…

Anyway, in need of a sit-down, I decided to post an image of a very past-its-best Peony…. had a play with some effects- Perfect Effects and Nik Colour Effects, and here is the result:

Defunct Peony

Defunct Peony




  1. Love the translucency (if that is a real word!)

  2. This is gorgeous Sue, looks like a painting. I love it… 🙂

  3. This just proves that there’s beauty in all stages of life!

  4. I really love this image, Sue.

  5. Suzanne

    Gosh Sue – that’s a truly beautiful image. You may not get grow raspberries this year but instead you have created an image of lasting beauty. It is strange how illness can drive us to find the well of pure creativity deep inside ourselves.

    • Thank you very much, Suzanne. It’s interesting you comment re: illness can drive us to find creativity, I have been thinking along similar lines lately. I definitely NOTICE things much more than I used to, and see beauty in ‘ordinary’ things. And I want to create with my photography, not continue to merely record….

      • Suzanne

        That sounds similar to the process I went through when I was really ill. That was when I really started to explore Photoshop. I got great pleasure and satisfaction out of manipulating images.
        It’s amazing how life sometimes stops us in our tracks so that we can discovered the beauty in ‘ordinary things’. When I was sick I noticed things I’d never seen before. One of things I learned at that time was to listen to my body and to pace my energy expenditure. – I still have days (like today) where staying home and mostly sitting is just what my body needs.
        I look forward to seeing what gems you create with your photography – take care and enjoy yourself 🙂

      • Listening to my body and pacing my energy expenditure is a feature of my life now….at times I say to myself ‘you are resting your life away’, but I know that it is essential to allow me to do some of the things I want rather than becoming so fatigued that I am unable to do anything for weeks and months. I have schooled myself to be patient.
        Hopefully, I can create some gems!

      • Suzanne

        It is hard learning to live with chronic illness but, as you say, it’s better than suffering the consequences of not listening. It doesn’t matter if you are resting your life away – as you are discovering there are rewards within the resting/down time – enhanced creativity, deeper meditation practice and more awareness of life’s beauty . 🙂

      • I largely agree, Suzanne, but I still want to do some travelling…so it can be frustrating!! 🙂

      • Suzanne

        ditto 🙂

  6. Its truly beautiful! Peonies are a favourite of mine.

  7. STUNNING! Gosh, what a beautiful capture, Sue! Painted with light!

    • Many thanks, Dina…I was really pleased with this one as I am frequently disappointed at not achieving my vision, but this was getting close! 🙂

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  9. This is a lovely capture Sue, I really like the way the petals pick up on the light effect, almost translucent. Perfect effects is brilliant, it’s my go-to app every time. 🙂

    • Thanks, Amanda! I usually use Nik effects but occasionally use Perfect Effects. The translucence is down to bright morning sunshine!

  10. Enjoyed most of this series a lot, great idea and very well shot!
    Greetings, Ron

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