Winter Rose

Red Rose © 2012 Mufidah Kassalias

Winter Rose

winter rose
a solitary blossom framed
against the pale blue sky
standing tall
reaching towards the cool sun

a falling of snow
soft flakes fluttering
floating down, earth bound
carpeting the alpine rocks
gathering on the leaves and petals

blood red rose
half covered with white —
a ray of hope
the promise of Spring
a beautiful death

A couple of days ago, in one of Sean’s writing classes (which are held in our apartment), we did a collective ‘word hoard’ in which everyone contributes to a long list of words, rather like word association. We started with the word ‘sunshine’ and ended with ‘roses’; then we underlined words or phrases that resonated, before choosing one of those words to write in response to for the next ten minutes. My word was ‘roses’, and the above poem was the result. However, I must acknowledge Nandini Dhiman’s post on her blog, Life Just Is, for the inspiration.

As I didn’t have a photograph of a red rose covered with snow, I looked through my library and found a photograph of a pale yellow rose, which I post-processed by adding a deep red filter along with manipulating various colour channels.

~ Red Rose was post-processed in response to Winter Rose.
Words and image © 2012 Mufidah Kassalias

44 responses

    • Thank you. I wasn’t sure the original image wasn’t the best starting point, as there were some blown highlights, but I used ‘recover highlights’ in Aperture, then went into Photoshop to change it from pale yellow to red. After finalising this image, I tried to do the same using a different rose image, but it wasn’t possible to manipulate the colours as effectively, so … not every image lends itself to such manipulation, and those that you may think won’t work do! I guess it’s a case of experimenting.

  1. beautiful image Mufidah. the lighting is very interesting and the shadows add a bit of depth that brings out the form and shape of the flower to a close real life representation.

    • Thanks, Abu. The original rose was yellow tinged with pink, which helped to create depth and shadow at the top. Also, that part of the rose had less direct sunlight than the lower left petals. So I guess it was a fortunate combination!

  2. Your poem truly reflects the snow and the rose. A perfect match for my photo. Thanks for sharing this, Mufidah, and for mentioning my post here. I’m grateful! :)

    And such a beautiful rose photo. I’m in love with it. Such vivid colors. :)

  3. Beautiful array of color and texture, emerging and receding, a great match to your lovely poem. Nicely done Mufidah.

    • Thanks, David :-) I started with a rose which really lent itself to being turned red, but later that day I picked another from my library to see what I could do with it but it wasn’t so willing to be subjected to post-processing!

  4. It’s a lovely picture of a rose. And so are the words. Great colours, great light, great composition. And the words: Full of emotions, touching and inspiration.

  5. Beautiful Photograph of the rose and beautifully written post Mufidah,. Both the photograph & your words complement each other in this post. Really you did a great job with this post. Liked this one a lot. :)