Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honoring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee.
— Ben Johnson (1572-1637)
Huntington Library, Pasadena, California. I had memorized Ben Johnson's immortal lines as a high school student. As I gazed upon these roses I imagined they too could have inspired Johnson when he composed, "Song: To Celia."
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imageme (1790) 2014-05-08 16:03
Hi Bulent, Lovely red roses taken with a well chosen perspective. The water drops on the roses and the leaves are frozen in time. Amazing vibrant colours. The partially blurry BG on the top right edge just enough to decorate the plants in the FG. Gorgeous presentation with high quality of every aspects. Thank for sharing
papagolf21 (91602) 2014-05-08 23:43
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Rouge vif ou blanche, la rose est LA
fleur par excellence. Beauté du jardin et protégée des jardiniers, elle irradie de toute sa splendeur.
Très jolie mise en image.
Mics (885) 2014-05-09 1:37
Hello Prof. Bulent,
Lovely poem and the roses are such a delight to the eyes! Excellent clarity, gorgeous shot indeed :-)
Have a nice day!
jhm (145306) 2014-05-09 1:45
Red roses really my colour, the water drops care for a more value of these picture.
But not forget your poem (Ben Johnson (1572-1637) would a lot people charm.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Royaldevon (33935) 2014-05-09 3:06
Good Morning Bulent,
Ah, a song I recognise and used to sing in the school choir. The only difference was 'Or leave a kiss within the cup', but the message is the same.
A very attractive, romantic photograph, with three, red roses, creating a triangle of romance. Each of the roses appears to have its own personality ... as any would have in a close trio. Excellent sharpness and strong colours.
have a great w/e,
snunney (90914) 2014-05-09 4:04
A superb capture of these gorgeous red roses in full bloom. Perfectly exposed with sumptuous colours and excellent clarity. Love the water droplets.
mirosu (15464) 2014-05-09 6:28
Excellently composed image with lovely red rose in perfect light. Nicely decorated with brilliant water drops. I like your poem. Thanks you.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice weekend.
Noel_Byrne (27791) 2014-05-09 11:25
I am always amazed at how water beads on the surface of rose petals like this, they have a unique texture, almost like velvet that I guess causes this. Whatever it is, it makes for a beautiful photo, and this is an excellent example. The rose on the right stands out to me in particular, its like a vertical lake!
Thanks as always
nikkitta (17018) 2014-05-09 16:55
Like the title of poem and song for this romantic capture
Well composed capture in a red triangle
Just read in a photo review, water is the best way to give more attractive at a flower, watching it, quite agree
Wish you a happy W/E
eldancer1 (32906) 2014-05-10 7:21
Love the title and it does describe the delicate beauty of those roses. I don't know if it was your intention but the narrow dof did wonders to the composition, it focus one's attention to center rose. I like the effect of the water droplets on the mood. And you did a wonderful job in capturing the color red, which I difficulty sometimes. Well done, tfs.
Nicou (131662) 2014-05-10 8:17
Merveilleuse roses et iamge sueprbe quel rendu rouge quel découpage des pétales et les fines gouttes d'eau sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
mesutilgim (89860) 2014-05-10 15:14
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Galerinden değişik bir kare.
Güllerin üzerindeki damlalar muhteşem.
Selam ve sevgiler
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-05-11 18:24
Bulent, a truly special inspiration and a very beautiful tie between the most enchanting flowers and the unique verses of Ben Johnson..
surely a romantic thought and a special way of expression!!
thank you for your beautiful comment to my post of Nafplio!!
Sonata11 (33697) 2014-05-14 13:10
Wow!!! I missed so many beautiful pictures of yours. I like the great management of light, colors, wonderful sharpness, clarity and POV as well great.
All the best, Barbara
emka (87696) 2014-05-27 23:06
Hello Bulent, beautiful photo of the red roses, specially with these water droplets. Nicely composed picture and there is some softness in it.
I ahve just returned home from Vienna. Now it was rose time, The roses in the parks were amazing, so much of them and so many different kinds.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Gigidusud (18243) 2014-06-04 15:12
Hi dear Bulent,
Splendid red roses sublimated by the water drops. Great neatness and nice song too. Well done!
Best wishes for the whole family.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (37205)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-11
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-08 15:20