Inside the Thorns


When life gives you thorns …
“Lift your hands toward the holy place, and praise the Lord.” Psalms 134:2

DSC_0842When life gives you thorns …
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” ~ Dale Carnegie

DSC_0836When life gives you thorns …
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

DSC_0828When life gives you thorns …
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. ” ~ Alphonse Karr

Lo, How the Rose Enduring

Mystifying, life defying,
Wrapped inside the
deadly piercing.
Delicate, yet
Strong emerging.
Not weathered torn.

But …

Beauty dazzling,
Lightly rising,
Fragile petals,
buds reach praising,
Inside eye
of dreadful storm.

Shall we fare less
inside our thorn?

DSC_0857“When life gives you thorns, grow roses.” ~ Alexandria Sage
Another contribution for NaPoWriMo 2014.
Poem and photos by Alexandria Sage. Photos taken with Nikon D60 with AF-S Nikkor lens 18-55 mm. Photos have no post-processing, editing, or cropping.  It’s the same rose, different views.
Perspective matters, doesn’t it?
Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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  1. Lovely melding of word and photo.

  2. “When life gives you thorns, grow roses.” Thank you, Alexandra! Love, love this post.

  3. I love the perspective on these images. Well done! Interestingly, long-stemmed roses are one of Ecuador’s biggest exports. They grow especially well, here, high in the Andes. They like moderate warmth during the day and cool nights.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Thanks, Kathy. I have a friend who lived in Quito several years and the first thing she noted were the exceptional roses there. I have an extreme fascination with them. The reds are the most difficult to photograph. I was excited when several turned out.
      Thanks again for stopping by and taking time to comment. Hope you’re doing well in Ecuador!

  4. Gorgeous roses and engaging, touching thoughts.

  5. Great post! I loved that you haven’t post-processed the photos and your words even more.

    • Thank you. Glad you took note of the “no post-processing”. As of April, I quit doing it. Was spending more time editing than taking pictures. I reversed it in that I try to take the right picture to start with. It’s been a challenge changing settings constantly but I’ve learned a lot and am more pleased with the results. You can read about it under my Photography page.
      Thanks for your compliment and comments.

      • I’ll definitely check that out since I am learning 🙂 I don’t like heavy post-processing either, but do touch up and crop images on i-photo. Wish I could just get it right at the time of taking the shot!

        • Learn to take good pictures first, even if all you have is a phone camera. Editing is great for adding artistic touches but nothing can substitute for a photo well-taken.

  6. gopi chand narang

     /  September 16, 2013


  7. This is such a lovely close-up view of these flowers. The buds give the impression of more more promised beauty coming.

    • You’re right! I think you’ve discovered another beautiful metaphor of the rose. Thank you for pointing that out. Thanks for the compliments, too!

  8. such a lovely photo and poem combo! 🙂

  9. Beautiful roses with an even more beautiful message that nourishes the heart. Yes, we should first appreciate and enjoy the blessings just outside our windows. Best wishes to you and your family.

  10. What a luminous magenta color, well captured, too!

    • They are beautiful, to be sure. I don’t post-process at all so they are naturally that color.

      • I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this particular kind of pink-red in a rose. It’s beautiful.

        • They are called Knock-Out Roses. I also have yellow, which is on the current post. I take pictures of them all season. They are irresistible. You might also enjoy my post “Adventures in Apertures”. It’s on my sidebar. It’s a flaming red rosebush. I forgot the variety but I think you will enjoy.

          • Are you the “Rose Whisperer?” They are truly gorgeous and remind me of the magnificent Rose Garden in the city of Baden-Baden, germany. In fact, I have been thinking about doing a post on those amazing roses….

          • I confess I am not but I think you just paid me the highest of compliments! I’ve never heard of the Rose Whisperer but if I bear just the slightest resemblance to a master rose cultivater, well—I’m just not quite sure what to say. You’ve sparked my curiosity so I will have to check that out. You should do a post if they inspire you that much! Go for it!
            Thank you so much for your compliments. People like you inspire me!

          • You are so welcome and THANK YOU for your inspiration 🙂

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