December roses

The mild grey weather of December

Sent me the gift of a perfect luminous pearl

Speaking of renewal and hope in the middle of winter.

Pink perfection

Strung with a necklace of melted snow

Tells a tale of gentleness and endurance.

A faded beauty and a rose ready to bud

Reminds us – in this time of making resolutions –

To keep the goodness of the old

While enjoying the promise of the new.

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83 responses

  1. Beautiful thought to grow along with that beautiful rose.

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    December 26, 2011 at 13:59

  2. How beautiful. One of them is like ice cream. Happy holidays.

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    December 26, 2011 at 14:24

  3. Really beautiful, especially the second with the melted snow.

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    December 26, 2011 at 15:08

  4. Life’s continuum….lovely…the last time I saw a rose blooming in December was when we lived in Vancouver…so special!

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    December 26, 2011 at 15:34

    • The last two years, it was -18 C or below in December already!

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      December 26, 2011 at 16:08

  5. Riet

    So beautiful photo’s and thoughts. Happy holidays.

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    December 26, 2011 at 15:34

  6. TexWisGirl

    how lovely! i like the white pearl best!

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    December 26, 2011 at 15:48

  7. Beautiful flowers and wise and wonderful thoughts as always, Fiona! Hope you and your family enjoyed a lovely Christmas and that you have a great, happy and promising New Year! Thank you again for joining the Our World team!

    Sylvia

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    December 26, 2011 at 16:09

  8. beautiful shots!

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    December 26, 2011 at 16:41

  9. Winter beauties!

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    December 26, 2011 at 16:50

  10. pink perfection is simply perfect. Great shots, totally love first and second:)

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    December 26, 2011 at 17:13

  11. Love both the pearl and the pink perfection! Beautiful thoughts…kept nodding as I read on…Happy Holidays!

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    December 26, 2011 at 17:57

  12. The pictures are beautiful but it’s a little eerie seeing a rose in a climate such as yours. Edmonton has been having unusually warm weather too- a friend lives there and I watch the temps to remind me that while it’s cold here, nothing like what it could be. This year their temperatures are close to ours!

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    December 26, 2011 at 18:44

  13. Beautiful shots LadyFi!!!

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    December 26, 2011 at 18:47

  14. imac

    Flowers of Beauty my friend.
    Happy New Year.

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    December 26, 2011 at 18:51

  15. Bob

    Nice pictures, and I hope you had a special christmas.

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    December 26, 2011 at 19:45

  16. lovely pics…even the fading beauty…hope you holidays are going well…and you are at peace…

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    December 26, 2011 at 20:03

  17. Lovely words and gorgeous roses, Lady Fi! The first white bud is simply beautiful. Great series and post. Have a great day and I hope your Christmas was wonderful. I wish you all the best in 2012.

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    December 26, 2011 at 20:09

  18. ds

    Perfect pictures, and a perfect lesson. Thank you. Hope your Christmas was wonder-full, and that the New Year brings even more joy and beauty into your life.

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    December 26, 2011 at 20:09

  19. These are beautiful pictures — and beautiful words.

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    December 26, 2011 at 20:10

  20. thanks so much for these dreamy shots!!

    simply stunning!

    big hugs

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    December 26, 2011 at 20:19

  21. very lovely 🙂

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    December 26, 2011 at 20:50

  22. I loved that pretty pink rose.

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    December 26, 2011 at 21:17

  23. Always a delight to visit your blog and see your excellent and romantic photos!

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    December 26, 2011 at 21:20

  24. Such glowing pictures – wonderful!

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    December 26, 2011 at 21:39

  25. Lovely shots of lovely flowers.

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    December 26, 2011 at 21:54

  26. Just beautiful. And we have roses here too at the moment – the overlap amazes me often. Thank you.

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    December 26, 2011 at 22:16

  27. sandy

    How nice! I am absolutely sure I would find one here, so will enjoy yours.

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    December 26, 2011 at 22:19

  28. I LOVE roses and your captures here are gorgeous! Once more, your words speak volumes in the most beautiful and appropriate form 🙂 Happy 2012 to you and your loved ones ~ wishing you all the best, Fiona x0x

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    December 26, 2011 at 22:54

  29. I love those beautiful pictures full of light and color to sweeten winter, greetings.

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    December 26, 2011 at 23:36

  30. wonderful photos and thoughts. the pink rose is absolutely gorgeous.

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    December 27, 2011 at 00:13

  31. Beautiful images Lady Fi, I’m with you on this one, roses at every stage are sublime!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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    December 27, 2011 at 00:50

  32. this is beautiful!

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    December 27, 2011 at 01:38

  33. gentleness & endurance. lovely!

    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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    December 27, 2011 at 02:15

  34. Hi there – a great set of pictures – what a range of colours to find during winter.

    Thanks for the comments during 2011 and hope you find many blogful things in 2012.

    SM

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    December 27, 2011 at 02:46

  35. What a special treat in the middle of a cold dark winter!!

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    December 27, 2011 at 03:52

  36. Oh beautiful and a little piece of serene Mother Nature..I needed that tonight..thank you…Michelle

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    December 27, 2011 at 04:44

  37. Natasha Ramarathnam

    Beautiful photographs. Beautiful words. Beautiful sentiments.
    What a wonderful post to keep in mind as we welcome the end of the year.

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    December 27, 2011 at 05:33

  38. As Danette said, “a little eerie seeing a rose in a climate such as yours.” Beautiful love through nature.

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    December 27, 2011 at 05:36

  39. Your blooms are an inspiration for the new year.

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    December 27, 2011 at 08:11

  40. I love that last picture. And I love the thought behind it. Beautiful.

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    December 27, 2011 at 08:16

  41. Bloomin lovely, and rather strange, I wonder where Jack Frost is!!

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    December 27, 2011 at 08:27

  42. Amy

    Hey Fi!!! I totally agree that to leave comments gives comments. I think I´m lazy with your blog though (and a few others) because I read them through facebook and then move on…shame on me. I can´t expect what I don´t give!! And I have to admit, I haven´t been here since you revamped your blog look- really nice!!! I want to do something new on mine also but not sure what yet? I´m not that technical, so it has to be easy but I want it to not look easy…hahahahaha…
    Your shots are wonderful, the snow is melting here also although I don´t think I have any flowers who were in bloom before it snowed..I will have a look around. Santa brought me a macro so I am anxious to play around with it. I´ve been down with a cold though so haven´t really ventured out much. Hope your holidays are all you hoped for! Are you enjoying free days until the New Year or will you be working?

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    December 27, 2011 at 08:28

    • I’m enjoying a holiday – no work until 10 Jan!

      What fun with a new macro – can’t wait to see your shots.

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      December 27, 2011 at 09:30

  43. Beautiful – the faded rose is especially poignant 🙂

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    December 27, 2011 at 10:34

  44. Beautifully expressed with flowers.

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    December 27, 2011 at 10:44

  45. OMG! the pink rose is such a beauty!

    Cheers,
    My Third Eye

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    December 27, 2011 at 13:15

  46. How lovely to have these gorgeous blooms to view, smell and photo at this time of year. 🙂

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    December 27, 2011 at 13:32

  47. Amazing freshness in these blooms! You have an eye to really capture the beauty!

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    December 27, 2011 at 15:05

  48. Beautiful!

    We have had a really mild Christmas here as well – 15 degrees on Christmas Day and Grandma said the sea was even warmer! We believed her but didn’t get in to test it! She’s 80 and much tougher than the rest of the family!

    We hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

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    December 27, 2011 at 15:28

  49. Oh what a lovely rose and what a lovely post. I am partial to the “hangers-on”….those flowers that exceed their shelf life (yeah, there’s a personal comparison in there somewhere ;>)

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    December 27, 2011 at 15:47

  50. Al

    Very pretty shots indeed! It will be a long time until spring arrives, as we’re under a thick blanket of snow.

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    December 27, 2011 at 16:40

  51. JM

    Awesome bloom shots!

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    December 27, 2011 at 16:44

  52. Love the photos and the thoughts they triggered! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

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    December 27, 2011 at 17:02

  53. For me the beautiful white rose bud holds promise, hopefully for a better year ahead; 2011 has been a bad one for us and has ended in tragedy.

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    December 27, 2011 at 18:24

  54. Hi, ladyfi
    These roses look like the essence of hope and happiness. How graceful and elegant they are!! Stunning photos.
    Have wonderful holidays and Happy New Year!
    keiko

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    December 27, 2011 at 18:28

  55. Oh, so beautiful!! 🙂

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    December 27, 2011 at 19:39

  56. I’ve always loved roses!

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    December 27, 2011 at 20:29

  57. –How can such beauty ever die?

    Lovely, Lady Fi 🙂

    Happy 2012. xx

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    December 27, 2011 at 21:15

  58. Stunning photos, can I use the picture of the white rose for my blog on sunday?

    Happy New Years!

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    December 27, 2011 at 22:04

  59. so beautiful…your images, your thoughts…all blessings!

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    December 27, 2011 at 23:38

  60. did you sneak in Santa’s sleigh and take photos of Roses in New Zealand? This reminds me, I must visit my Rose gardens. Roses are best at this time.

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    December 28, 2011 at 00:13

  61. Wow – roses in December snow. I like the words associated with the last photo!

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    December 28, 2011 at 01:29

  62. That is a lovely gift!

    Hope you had the merriest of Christmases and wishing you a wonderful 2012!

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    December 28, 2011 at 02:10

  63. A beautiful metaphor. These are gorgeous images. Thank you.

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    December 28, 2011 at 02:17

  64. I called Peggy over, and she and I spent maybe fifteen minutes scrolling through your photos and reading your words. I really don’t know where I would have to go to find the equal of such beauty.

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    December 28, 2011 at 05:08

    • Thank you so much for your kind words.

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      December 28, 2011 at 08:19

  65. A truly lovely post!
    Gorgeous photos!
    Thank you! 🙂

    Happy New year, may the New Year bring you much joy ! 🙂

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    December 28, 2011 at 06:28

  66. Such a delight to see these beauties out of season. Lovely shots!

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    December 28, 2011 at 08:23

  67. I hope you’re having a good holiday!

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    December 28, 2011 at 13:43

  68. Flowers are my absolute favorite things to photograph, but non as brilliantly as you have done! That pink rose is just too beautiful! God Jul och Gott Nytt Är

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    December 28, 2011 at 14:04

  69. Lovely photos and great sentiment. I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

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    December 28, 2011 at 20:33

  70. Very beautiful roses! I enjoyed your blog very much this year. Have a happy New Year.

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    December 29, 2011 at 01:40

  71. Blooms of beauty. Thank you….feels good to see something besides my white landscape.
    I hope your holidays were wonderful…I am still recuperating:)

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    December 29, 2011 at 04:20

  72. roses in december 🙂 better than a lot of snow
    but I am now missing the sun, it is already so many days grey 😦

    Happy New Year

    Greetings, Bram

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    December 29, 2011 at 07:39

  73. Lovely post and a reminder to look forward to spring!

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    December 29, 2011 at 08:22

  74. Such beautiful roses, and such wonderful colors.

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    December 29, 2011 at 15:49

  75. Absolutely amazing! Love the first photo especially!
    You may like to consider joining the Floral Friday Fotos meme when you are posting your gorgeous flower photos:
    http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

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    December 29, 2011 at 22:50

  76. My, oh, my! All amazing but there is something about the pink rose… I can get lost looking into it!! And your words, well, are just as amazing!!

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    December 31, 2011 at 05:04

  77. wow! your photos are always worth the look!

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    December 31, 2011 at 12:16

  78. Beautiful!!!
    Happy New Year 2012!

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    December 31, 2011 at 13:51

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  80. Thank you Thank you.
    For continued stunning perception.
    (and support)
    Wishing you so much peace and joy in the New Year!!

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    January 8, 2012 at 03:37

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