25 Oct 11. Taking a chance that I may disappoint those of you who don't appreciate the macro/flower stuff and sharing another image of that type for today.As a child I was terribly allergic to roses and as such really had no appreciation for them. Through the wonder of modern medicine I am now only minimally allergic to them and as long as I'm not around a concentration of them, such as photographing in a rose garden, which I don't, I'm O.K. As the allergies subsided I began to appreciate roses initially just in their bud stage, but now I can appreciate them transitioning between bud and full flower, but I still don't quite enjoy the fully deployed blossom. For most of my life I considered them a late spring early summer flower, but since returning to our neighborhood in the PNW I've come to realize that a lot of roses put on their show in the fall, and now as I walk around the neighborhood I'm seeing more and more of these beautiful plants which I occasionally try to capture while either as buds or just slightly more deployed. This image started out as a grab shot over a neighbor's cyclone fence, then was cropped to get just the flower and eliminate a lot of other garden "vegetation," had some noise removal applied but no sharpening of any kind as I rather liked the soft approach to this thorny plant, and finally underwent some cloning out of a few leaves in the lower left that had just enough presence to make you wonder what was actually in that corner and I didn't like that distraction. ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 8.