While visiting my favorite beach town, I was delighted by the sight of an old-fashioned cottage garden designed to lead one to the entrance of an equally charming store. Billowing mounds of white daisies, stunning vintage roses, pert pansies, and raspberry-hued hydrangeas filled the 15 x 20 ft. area with color & beauty.
Since I usually visit this town during late fall through early spring I had never paid much attention to the garden area, but had merely noted the bird bath and garden statuary placed here and there amongst leafless branches.
This day was clear and sunny with tourists filling the streets, as well as the beautiful garden, so I decided to visit early the next morning for a “private” photo session. Morning dawned overcast and warm, perfect for a garden shoot. Many of the blooms were still dotted with dew as I sought an ideal floral subject with which to begin. Gratefully, I was accompanied only by a slight breeze and the occasional caw of a nearby crow.
First I tried the smooshing method (patent pending!) of gently pressing my cellphone into each flower, which was somewhat successful, but not exactly what I had hoped for. Hovering the phone closely above the blooms in a sort of macro method produced a more satisfactory result, thankfully. I spent an hour or so there each morning for three days, including the day I had planned to head home early. It was so blissful to be in such a quiet & enchanting place with absolutely no one to ask me what I was doing, or to offer unwanted advice, or to simply stare at me as I worked my way through the beautiful garden.
The resulting images of lovely pink & apricot colored heirloom roses please me a great deal, in part due to their painterly qualities and also because of their very abstract nature. The best of both worlds, in my humble opinion. I chose to use part of Shakespeare’s quote from Romeo & Juliet as my post title because somehow it fit perfectly.
All images were taken with my iPhone 13 Pro. Post production included some image cropping and a few slight exposure adjustments. All color is as photographed and has not been enhanced in any way. No filters were used for the frankly (and desirably) soft appearance (otherwise known as “out of focus”).
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