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Monday, February 27, 2012

afternoon roses



Late winter. Late afternoon. Fading roses. There is something about that convergence that requires a backlit window, a few old books, and an empty pitcher to add to the romantic nostalgia.




I always want to take pictures of a rose bouquet at its end for some reason. A sort of final gesture of thanks for the brief pleasure it gave. A way to extend the rose conversation. There will be more in time. But I don't buy roses so often that I ever take them for granted. And I don't have an abundant supply even when a few bloom in the garden. (A long way off.)







The calendar will turn soon, and an unpredictable winter will pass along with it. An odd and uncertain winter, in odd and uncertain times.



More than ever we need the comfort of old roses and old books and old vessels. Not because we're sad or in pain (though some of us indeed are), but because beauty and wisdom always seem in such short supply. . . .












































Beauty to you. . .

Jacqueline




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23 comments:

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful pitcher and roses!

MEM said...

Simply beautiful composition of color and form. My grandmother's dishes are Limoges with tiny roses so the little pitcher is particularly charming to me. Thanks

Blondie's Journal said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful, Jacqueline! I love coming to your blog to see the pretties you have for us now!

XO,
Jane

Deserae said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!
~Des

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Such true sentiments. I love roses and china with roses on them.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Pretty photos of the fading roses against the window.

helen tilston said...

Hello Jacqueline

There is an added beauty when time and age shows on the tip of the roses and your display is most pleasing
Helen xx

Danielle said...

Beautiful roses, Jaqueline. And your words as well. Lovely post : )

Happy Monday!

Danielle xo

Give Peas A Chance said...

so pretty. I grew up in Alb. BTW.

Olive Cooper said...

To quote Jan Karon "Beauty is important in this fragile life." I try to dry my roses when possible but these photos make me think I should not.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

That was so beautiful, put tears in my eyes.

Wow. Well done, my friend!

Judy said...

Jaqueline: Your beauty and wisdom really shines! I'm a new follower and am catching up on your older posts. Just wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing...Judy at GoldCountryCottage

jeanetteann said...

And to you too Jaqueline,lovely pics:0) jeanetteann

Rosewalk Cottage said...

I love it and your roses are beautiful.
~Clara

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Soooooooo lovely!

S
xo

Anne said...

Gorgeous roses.Love how the petals curl.That pitcher is lovely too.

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Oh, the roses are so very very beautiful. All my favorite colors with the pinks and peaches and hints of butter yellow mixed in there. SO pretty. Sigh!

~Angela~

Bente said...

Beautiful pictures. Love them all.

Hugs Bente

Gloria said...

VERY pretty! That little pitcher is precious, especially displayed with that white quilt. Beautiful photographs!!

Happy Tuesday to you!

xoxo...Gloria

Petite Michelle Louise said...

Merci for this beautiful gift....:)

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Gorgeous post with those peace roses! Perfect tranquil ending to a hetic day!
Fondly,
Pat

Haworth said...

There's a French expression: "More is seldom enough" and when it comes to beauty, that is certainly true! I agree that when flowers begin to fade, they are at their most fragile and beautiful. Beauty to you, too, Jacqueline!

Envoy-ette said...

This one makes me smile!

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