Rose Blooms in Macro – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Having just spent some time in Los Angeles with our granddaughter while Mom and Dad were away, I was reminded of just how beautiful rose blooms were right now in that part of the country. Our daughter and her husband have beautiful flower gardens surrounding their house and I have featured some of their flowers on this blog. With that inspiring me, I have attached five macro shots I have taken from two different photo shoots.

This first one is from a public garden in Portland, Oregon. This deep red rose bud was just starting to open up.

This capture was from the Territorial Rose Garden in Prescott, Arizona (as are the rest of the attached shots). The bud was unfolding into a fuller bloom.


Getting a tighter framing on this rose blooms pulls the detail of the rose petals into full view, even slight discoloration on a couple of the center petals.

It truly looks like velvet with this deep red bloom.

And finally this purple bloom as a macro brings out the laciness of the petal edges.


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36 thoughts on “Rose Blooms in Macro – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I love roses and have had them everywhere we have lived except here in the Arizona desert. They do well here, but the summer heat is an issue so they must be planted in a location that does not get full summer sun….doesn’t work at our house….I had forgotten about it until we went over to our daughters house in LA…although a number of my shots are fromPrescott, AZ, but they are at an altitude similar to Denver and don’t get the extreme heat Phoenix area does down in the desert. Thanks for stopping by…have a great weekend Brad!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Dan, it may be a little while for your spring Rose bloom, but it will come!! 😀 I remember growing up in Iowa my Grandmothers Birthday was early June and she always celebrated all of the spring rose blooms at that time…clearly it’s much earlier in Southern California. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Wow, Kirt. The photos are so crystal clear I can almost smell the roses. I love the orange one, the stage of blooming, the shape… My favorite roses are (my ignorance shows — I’ve no idea of their name) the orange ones with petals edged in another color.
    Beautiful post to celebrate the fact that spring has finally sprung (here — it’s probably arrived on schedule where you are). Hugs!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Teagan thanks for stopping by and your kind words! Growing up in Iowa I always remember roses in full bloom for my Grandmothers birthday…early June. Clearly much earlier then that in Southern California….but it triggered my memories when we were over there earlier this month. 😀

  2. Sue Slaght

    How wonderful to spend time with your sweet granddaughter! These gorgeous photos seem like a perfect fit for such a happy time. I feel as though I could touch the screen and feel the texture of the roses. Gorgeous work Kirt!

  3. gillmorris

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your granddaughter. I love roses, they are just so beautiful and the colours are amazing. Best Wishes Kirt, have a fab weekend 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you Diane…..the roses in the rose garden in Prescott Arizona where most of these shots came from were incredible…hard to pick from so many choices. Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. reocochran

    I thoroughly enjoyed these rose photos, Kirt.
    I was enjoying each beauty, in and of itself. I believe leaving roses to show a few tiny imperfections makes them “real.” I was impressed with how you showed different distances in the selections​. Smiles and hugs!
    Hope your wife has a wonderful Mother’s Day, tomorrow! 🌹

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for your kind words…I agree on the imperfections…almost every bloom has them in one manner or another! Much appreciate the well wishes for my wife…Mothers Day is really important to her. She had knee replacement surgery last week and our three girls are rotating through the next few weekends to help her and I and to extend the Mothers Day time together. Our youngest is here this weekend with her husband from Seattle, then next weekend our oldest and her husband from Seattle and then our middle one the following weekend with her husband and our granddaughter from LA….thanks for stopping by!!


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