Light moves through

What’s In A Name

Your three Floral Friday rose facts, taken from the Portland International Rose Test Garden website.

  • The world’s largest rose-bush is located in Tombstone, Arizona. It is almost two hundred years old and is adorned with more than two hundred thousand white blooms when in full bloom. Its trunk is nearly six feet in diameter, and its branches form a canopy large enough to shelter a crowd of 150 people.
  • Until the early nineteenth century, dried rose petals were believed to have mysterious powers [I still believe they do-NT]. Napoleon gave his officers bags of rose petals to boil in white wine to cure lead poisoning from bullet wounds.
  • Perhaps the oldest painting in the world depicts a five-petaled pink rose. It resides in a cave on the island of Crete and dates to about 1450 BC.

The first two photographs are from that very Test Garden. The last two are from my momentary studio (one was previously published here but has been reworked some) and I assure you were not the result of teen angst devastation heartbreak; rather, I wanted to free that rambunctious color to exultant motion before it simply paled and fell. Better to…

The wakizashi might be a bit much, but you know, sometimes you just hafta throw a sword in there.

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6 responses

  1. It’s not too much, last one is my favorite. Nice one!

    October 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    • Noel Tendick

      I love those moments, when the almost discarded catches a special light. Thanks Charlotte.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

  2. Wonderful photographs… They are all dropping to my desk as if… So impressive. Thank you dear Noel, Have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

    October 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

    • Noel Tendick

      Thank you for your lovely observations sweet Nia! I hope you’re in the midst of a wonderful weekend as well.

      October 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  3. Lovely collection or rose images. I like that you’ve included a couple of still life pictures.

    October 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    • Noel Tendick

      Thanks for the visit and comment Mufidah, I appreciate both. I love approaching, studying, framing a situation that exists on its own – much more intimidating to arrange many elements into a cohesive narrative. But it’s something I’ll certainly continue to explore.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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