June 28, 2013

The Next Day

{Photos taken with the Canon EF 50mm  f1.8 II Lens.} 

A rose and...
Rose Petals.


The "next" day...
Everyone is the age of their heart.
Guatemalan Proverb
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
Author Unknown
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Mark Twain

Can you believe July is right around the corner? I can't. Any plans for this fourth of July? What are some of your favourite fourth of July traditions? I'd love to hear:)

Hope you have an awesome weekend! xx

P.S. I'd love to visit Knoxville, TN someday. Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains...

Linking to: Photo Story FridayToday's Flowers
I Heart Macro , Macro Monday 2 , Mosaic Monday

Update: Wish you a very happy and safe 4th of July tomorrow!

109 comments:

Sandra said...

I LOVE the first and the second up from the bottom... so beautiful... and i feel like the last one. LOL

✿ chica said...

Muito lindas! beijos,ótimo fim de semana!chica

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I don't think about wrinkles.In a matter of fact,it's good when somebody gets older because many die young.I believe that surgery for disappearance of wrinkles and the other relevant surgeons with spots of time when somebody gets old are against the God.Sometimes when somebody does these surgeons the result is ridiculous and when somebody does these for one time there will be other times also for maintenance.
For me,4th July is a usual day.Have many walks in the sea!

Betty Manousos said...

sandra, oh, NO! lol

Pat said...

Such beautiful photos, and great thoughts! It seems so many of us worry about getting older and what we look like instead of enjoying the now! Live in the moment! Appreciate life!

Have a wonderful weekend! We always have a cookout on the 4th!

Tamara Camera said...

This is so beautiful in so many ways. I have a Canon EF 50 mm 1.4 and I honestly didn't know it could do such things! I always complain about not having a macro! For the 4th, we're doing fireworks. It's not a tradition..yet..because my daughter has never seemed old enough. She was only 2 last year. This year she's psyched.

marijke said...

Brilliant photo's Betty. i wish I had a lense like that. Yes june is almost gone. Normaly we have summertime with lovely temperatures overhere but last week only 15C it feels like autumn but the garden tells different. The 4th of july is not a day we are celebrating.
Have a wonderful weekend
Rosehugs

dianne said...

Beautiful photos of the days of a rose from a plump bud to fallen petals, still there is beauty.
Have a happy weekend dear Betty.
hugs and kisses
xoxoxo ♡

Sylvia K said...

Such a gorgeous flower and superb captures, Betty! I agree with Dianne, they are wonderful shots of the rose from bud to petals and all exquisite!! Such a lovely way to start my day!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

TexWisGirl said...

sweet, sweet, sweet set! loved it! and thanks for the message about growing older as i try to remember that. i'm turning 50 next week and have had a hard time grasping that. but then i think of my sis who died at 47 and never got the chance to 'age'. *sigh*

....Petty Witter said...

So pretty and yet ultimately somehow sad.

Jesús said...

Bellas tomas florales, Betty, con bonitas composiciones.

Saludos.

Mari-Pi-R said...

Con una rosa mira lo que se puede lograr, feliz 4 de Julio.

Kelly said...

All are lovely, but I think the very first one is my favorite!

I graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. It is a beautiful area!

MARTY said...

from the beginning to the end of their life, roses are beautiful !
so we are too if we agree to become older ! carpe diem and enjoy life !

tinajo said...

Beautiful pics!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

These are all so beautiful!

Love the quotes, they are so true.

We don't usually do anything special on the 4th anymore. We can see the fireworks display from our front yard, so we watch that every year. I'll keep trying to get a decent shot of the fireworks. :)

Have a nice weekend!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá Betty, excelentes fotografias para belo pensamento....
O que se faz num dia é semente de felicidade para o dia seguinte....

Cumprimentos

Lynn said...

Gorgeous photos - I can almost smell that rose scent.

I used to spend it in Washington DC with my family (until they moved away from there.) I loved going down to the Potomac River and watching the fireworks coming from the Mall.

Rui - Olhar d'Ouro said...

Maravilhosa esta foto! Perfeita!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijos.

Cloudia said...

That is a true quiet thrilled, B !:-)


Aloha

Molly said...

The most beautiful flower ever I think...

Mollyxxx

It's me said...

Lovely weekend darling...love Ria...x !

Kat said...

Wow. Beautiful!

Pedro Luis López Pérez (PL.LP) said...

I'm here again.
I've been traveling these days and, while resting. In upcoming posts I'll tell you ...
On July 1 start all over again with my posts poesiayvivencias ...
Thanks for always being there!
Rest well that we have a hike to Santiago de Compostela.
Hugs.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful images. Even the petals alone are pretty after they have fallen.

Riot Kitty said...

So beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely photos and quotes, Betty! I like the last shot, one of my favorites. No plans here for the 4th of July. Wishing you a happy weekend!

Melissa said...

I so, so needed to hear this today. So inspirational emotionally and visually. Thank you.

Ms. A said...

These photos are GORGEOUS, Betty!

There are a number of locations in the Smoky Mountains that I wouldn't mind being. Visiting my property in Western NC would be at the top of my list!

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photo Betty!

Theresa said...

Beautiful photos, and I really love the quotes!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi All these shots are superb but I still like the first one best. Have a great weekend. Margaret

Lowell said...

A delicious photo! Hmmm...I think I'm going to have to break out my Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens!

Merci!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So pretty! I love the series of photos showing the petals falling. Lovely! I have been to the Smoky mountains and it is beautiful there!

ladyfi said...

Oh gosh - these shots are simply stunning!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful flower and photograph, Betty.
Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

Tanya said...

Love the pictures! I hope to do as well some day. Visiting from Sits.

Maša said...

freaking amazing photographs!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. The macros are amazing.

moni said...

Dear Betty,
WOW, what a amazing macro series, great work.
We love roses from beginning till the end ♥
Wish you a nice weekend,
moni

Leovi said...

That flower is gorgeous, excellent approach and exquisite colors! Wonderful photos!

Teresa Coltrin said...

YOU are an amazing photographer. The story you tell with these photos touch and inspire my soul.

My 4th of July is always celebrating my son's birth. :)

Happy Weekend!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

You certainly have an eye for beauty. The composition in all of these shots is just amazing. Awesome work.

misssrobin said...

My first thought was, "What a lovely rose." My follow up thoughts were, "Wow! What a beautiful way to capture life as it unfolds." Awesome post.

Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Christa Mavropoulou said...

μου αρέσει ο τρόπος που παρουσιάζεις την εξέλιξη του όμορφου αυτού τριανταφυλλιού,που αν θέλουμε δεν πηγαίνει τίποτα χαμένο Μπέτυ!!!!
Σου εύχομαι ένα υπέροχο ΣΚ-)))
Πολλά φιλιά

michael said...

Awesome!!

Carver said...

That's a gorgeous rose.

Ariel said...

Hi Betty,
good evening,
thanks for the lovely surprise!

Now I see why you have so many people around you,
because here, you hide the secret of beauty,
"your photos", they are the secret!
one more beautiful than the other

I wish you a wonderful weekend
a big hug

Randy said...

Nice composition.

DeniseinVA said...

Fantastic series of close ups Betty. It's a great look at a beautiful flower. The petal arrangements are so pretty. Thanks for sharing :)
Denise
Today’s Flowers
An English Girl Rambles

ANRAFERA said...

Nice photographies; beautiful flower. I wish you a Happy Weekend.
An embrace from Merida - Spain-. Ramon

wenn said...

lovely flower at the beginning and end..

A wondering star said...

What an amazing rose!
Gorgeous photo!

Very sophisticated pictures on your blog.

Thanks for your kind words!

Hilary said...

Oh these are stunning. I love the first one and the one with the bud vase behind it. July is going to be busy around here as I ready my house for sale.

Magia da Inês said...

¸.•°♡♡♫° ·.

Super lindas!!!!
Uma ótima semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.
¸.•°❤❤♫° ·.

Nevine Sultan said...

Absolutely ravishing photos, my dearest! Just beautiful beautiful beautiful. And I also love the quote...

Thank you for the pleasure your site always delivers! Have a lovely week, Betty! :-)

Hugs and kisses,
Nevine

DIMI said...

Εxellent photos Betty!!!I like your work!!You realy are a great photographer!For July,i wish vacations in Lefkada!!!My beloved island!!!Happy new month !!!Enjoy my friend!
Dimi...

Laura said...

such an exquisite photo Betty! I do hope you'll consider sharing something with I Heart Macro:-)

Bi Ti said...

Thank you so much for bringing your flowers around to our party Betty. My favorite is the second one. For 4th of July, I look forward most to ... grilled corn on the cob :)
Have a great one!
BiTi
pret-a-vivre.com

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, that's beautiful, well done Betty.

Alison said...

Beautiful shots!

Birgitta said...

Marvelous photos!

Anneli - A'la Foto said...

Such a beautiful bud! The first picture is so nice!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely!

Laura said...

so pleased you shared Betty:-)

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful photos abd quotes, Betty!

Debbie said...

WoW, what a great entry and just breathtaking images!!

gorgeous rose, i just love the color!!

i have embraced my 50's, for all those reasons!!

LONDONLULU said...

So very beautiful! I love the progression here and that wonderful ethereal quality of any too-brief bloom. Beautiful colors, beautiful captures!

Susie Clevenger said...

How beautiful...love the first photo

Susie Clevenger said...

Wow! I opened the link to see the other photos...love how you have shown the flower losing its petals! Gorgeous!

Pantherka said...

Wonderful, very beautiful colors.
Thanks for visiting my blog ... Greetings and have a nice evening.

diane b said...

You have motivated me to get out my 50mm lens and start shooting. Lovely shots and quotes. No 4th of July here, just another day. Hope you have a good one though.

KrippledWarrior said...

I need to come here more often, it's so peaceful

Carletta said...

Beautiful work Betty!
The rose was lovely from beginning to end. Really enjoyed those quotes. I'm putting them in my quote notes. Love them.
Have a wonderful week!

SweetMarie said...

Pretty rose! Love the message about growing old...so true.

yonca said...

Lovely macro shots and a great message about aging, Betty!
xx

lina@women said...

Admire your shots. Gorgeous!
Thanks for dropping by.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful texture on the rose petals. Indeed growing older is a privilege! :)

George said...

We're about an hour west of Knoxville. You would love a visit to this part of the world. I love your still life photo of the rose and its petals.

Giga said...

Bardzo podoba mi się powiedzenie M.Twain i wspaniałe zdjęcia z różą, szczególnie piąte. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
I love the saying M.Twain and great pictures of rose, especially the fifth. Yours sincerely.

Craver Vii said...

(drooling) I'd love to get a 50mm w/f1.8! I have been using the kit lens from my Pentax K-x. Yesterday I ordered a new lens, but it's nowhere near as fast as your Canon. Still, you have such a good eye for art, that you'd shoot great pics even if you were using a phone camera. The first pic is my favorite of this set. It looks like a sculpture formed from French Vanilla and strawberry ice cream. Yum!!

Blond Duck said...

I'm glad you're back!

magda said...

Αγαπημένη μου Μπέττυ
Είσαι μια εξαιρετική φωτογράφος!!!
Πολύ όμορφες φωτογραφίες!
Πολλά φιλάκια

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Betty, IF you ever get to Knoxville, let us know. We are not far from there!!!!! We'd love to meet you.

Great photos and words... Getting old (for me) has been fabulous... My life began at age 59 when I met George... AND--life just gets better with each passing day.

Hugs,
Betsy

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh I adore your rose picture!

imac said...

Gee, what Beauty, and what true words and heartfelt too.
Wonderful photos and post

Jill said...

Absolutely beautiful!

:.tossan© said...

Rose to see if
To wonder
Rose to grow
Pink for spring
Rosa to live
Rose to love yourself
Rose to harvest
And fall apart

Beautiful pictures! hug

ritsa said...

Betty

I love these gorgeous pictures of the rose.
Great post!:-)

Anonymous said...

Great blog here! Also your web site loads up fast!

What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

Stop by my page Skin Whitening Forever Review **

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

These are so gorgeous, some of them look like paintings. Thanks for the beautiful words and photos, Betty.

Big hugs,
xoRobyn

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! And so is Knoxville. I grew up amid the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and miss them always!

Have a happy 4th.

Best,
Bonnie

Pam =) said...

Superb shots- lovely in every way.

Terri said...

What a beautifully colored rose! Happy 4th to you and yours!

Momma Fargo said...

Betty, your photography is absolutely amazing. What emotions they bring out and thought provoking! Happy 4th to you as well! And...Tennessee is beautiful...Knoxville...kind of a rough town. If you do travel that direction, let me know, I can give you some travel pointers!

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous gorgeous photos! Pretty colors and there is a softness to them!

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous gorgeous photos! Pretty colors and there is a softness to them!

Paula said...

Your photos are stunning! They practically jump off the screen!

Memphis Steve said...

I know I am focusing on the wrong thing here, but oh my God, I would kill for that lens!

Georgia said...

WOW!Love that rose. And your lens!

California Girl said...

beautiful shots. the rose colors are creamy and soft and...what is the mame of this rose?

meanwhile, Knoxville is beautiful. Two major lakes there. We almost moved there from Richmond, VA 25 yrs ago.

Betty Manousos said...

california girl, i have no idea but it sure is beautiful.

as for knoxville sounds like a beautiful place to live in.

Unknown Mami said...

This set is a treasure.

sergio celle said...

...ciao Betty, magnifici scatti!!!! Peccato che la rosa abbia vita breve!..abbraccio e bacio..

Anonymous said...

What's up friends, its impressive post concerning teachingand completely defined, keep it up all the time.

Feel free to surf to my site: valentines day gifts ()

StarTraci said...

Thought I would comment back here since I missed your announcement of Staycation. I hope you enjoy your time and I look forward to "seeing" you when you get "back".
:-)
Traci
P.S. I've been MIA too. XOXO

Georgia said...

Beautiful! I love all of them!
Great pics:D

Rayén said...

Bellísimas imágenes.
Gracias por visitar mi mundo y quedarte.
Abrazo.