Tyler, Texas has a great Rose Garden. It sprawls across 14 acres and contains every variety of rose imaginable. Some as large as a softball and other as tiny as a button. I tend to favor the ones that have thick, velvety petals and wild color combinations. I guess that some of these roses are the result of gene splicing, since they look like a handful of mixed color confetti thrown into the air.
The roses are beautiful and many of my them have that strong heady aroma, but many others have no scent at all. When the whole place is in bloom, of course, it is a wonderful bit of sensual overload. So many colors and smells and shapes and sizes.
These images were all captured with my trusty old Olympus E-1 digital camera. All hand held. All shot with a 50mm lens often set at f/1.4. This has become a favorite lens of mine. The images have an artsy quality right out of the camera. Of course, I can’t help but tweak them a bit. All the images here were given a little or a lot of post processing in Lightroom.