Beauty in Decay/20 and 21

Here are a couple of images of the same flower, in slightly different light, and at different angles. More lovely textures and rich colours! Which works for you?

This one was diffuse side light:

Ageing dark rose

Aging dark rose

and this one was brighter light:



it’s the second for me, because of those petals cascading down in folds…


  1. fredonnezmoi

    I like both of them, they are wonderfully imaginated in the photos.

  2. It looks like draped fabric. Keep going. I love this series.

    • I rather thought that about the second image too. I intend to keep going with these, for as long as I find suitable decayed flowers!

  3. Second one for me, mostly because of the side angle – no distraction by the leaves.

    • Thanks, Cee. D’you know, I keep thinking there are no more fallen blooms for me to capture, then another one turns up! Nature’s infinite variety…

  4. Beautiful Sue and not something I would have thought to photograph nor would have the skill to capture in such a way.

    • Thanks, Sue, glad you like these. I have only relatively recently started taking images like this, the main thing is to think about the direction of the light, low ISO, camera on tripod, and suitable background. And there is a bit of help from software just to ‘lift’ the image… You could do it….but I appreciate the idea that I have skill!

  5. I like them both, but the second one has the edge, for me 🙂

  6. Hard for me to choose, I like them both equally!! beautiful tones & colors, Sue!

  7. Suzanne

    I like the second one. The petals on the first one look a bit too far gone for me – almost mouldy. There is an exquisite sadness to both though. Beautiful work Sue. It’s a fabulous project.

    • Yes, I see what you mean…the yellowish tinge shows up more on the first one (it’s the same flower) and it looks less appealing. Exquisite sadness is a lovely phrase, I like it! Exactly describes a lot of the appeal of these Beauty in Decay for me. Thanks for your enthusiastic comment 🙂

  8. Against the grain, I prefer the first one: it reminds me of a Dutch still life; it is more full face, as it were; and, while suggest gradual decay, it is less dynamic — which means that one can enjoy it longer and not have to clear the debris sooner! Yes I’m lazy, pragmatic and not as poetical as I pretend!

    • Chacun à son gout! And you’re not the only one to express a preference for this image… They are both the same flower, though, and on the same day!

  9. Jo

    I love them both. The light in the second one is a little bit magical but the first one is more emotive for me.

  10. I must be in the wrong frame of mind today, Sue. Both of these make me feel sad 😦

  11. Hard to choose. But eventually, I have chosen the first. The second is sadder because it droops more, the first is happier and “full face” as Calmgrove puts it.

  12. poppytump

    Sue … I scrolled and scrolled …. but I’m veering towards No 1 🙂

  13. No.2 for me…for the angle, light and deeper colour!

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  15. It’s so interesting to me that you choose to take pictures of flowers as they die. Usually, people will take pictures of them when they are their most vibrant. I think it’s great that you are exploring this other phase of flowers. You have beautiful pictures here! Thank you for sharing them with us!

    • Thanks for your comment, Elizabeth, and glad you have enjoyed some of my photographs! I love taking images of decaying buildings, bu don’t see many of those now. So I decided to explore another area of decay 🙂

  16. These are rather wonderful too…

  17. My favorite :the second one! More room, and ligth is fantastic Susan 🙂

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