Beauty in Decay/16 & 17

Time for more beauty in decay, this time a rather defunct rose. I like this first image, where the petals almost appear like velvet:



A few days later, and it’s getting very dark, and a more crinkled texture as the petals dessicate:

A very defunct rose

A very defunct rose

This second image I like even more than the first, something about the darkness…..


  1. Both are lovely. I like the velvet texture of the first image and the colour of the second.

    • Thanks, Jude! I almost couldn’t decide between the two, but the colour and texture of the second just tip the scale…. 🙂

  2. wonderful, there’s so much beauty in decay

  3. Beauty – not the typical, expected one but still is. And footprints of the passed glory can be seen also during this natural transformation. A rose is always a rose – so to speak 🙂

  4. The second one is amazing. Great shot Sue. 😀


    It would make a beautiful petal skirt in deep burgundy velvet !!

  6. Allan G. Smorra

    I agree with you, the second one is my favorite. Your subtle lighting in the shadows really pulls this together.

    Good job,

  7. Ooh, high drama again, Sue. I love the second one 🙂

  8. Second one for me too. Love the light and colour!

  9. I say again, I love what you’ve produced in this series, Sue. No longer just a flower, they evoke emotion and take on a life of their own.

    • Thank you, Lynne. It’s been an interesting adventure, but I’m running out of flowers at present! I agree that these can be emotive 🙂

  10. Excellent photos! I love them! 😀 Just shows that everything can be photographed and generate emotions if approached a certain way. Well done Susan!

  11. Exquisite photos! I almost felt I could touch them.

  12. Lovely photos, Sue – you’re quite right, there IS beauty in decay. There is beauty in most things, if only one looks for it 🙂

    • Thanks, Marianne, glad you agree! I saw a fabulous rose yesterday, failed to pick it, and the wind and rain has destroyed it totally…win some,, lose some.

  13. I agree, like velvet – very nice!


    Hi Sue, 2 people inspired by decay. Thanks for the prompt. This was an initial illustration, then I decided to paint it. Didn’t quite get want I wanted but I had fun!

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