A rainbow rose to mark Valentine’s Day

I confess I don’t generally make a big thing of Valentine’s Day. There was, however, no escape when I went shopping with my daughters Helen and Izzy a couple of days ago. They saw this rainbow rose in among the Valentine’s bouquets and they insisted I buy it.

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I don’t tend to ‘go large’ on Valentine’s Day, but I felt this picture of a rainbow rose was worth sharing to mark the occasion.

I thought it was a striking flower that I could take home for Mrs Adams. Equally, I thought the rose would make a very striking photographic subject!

When we bought the rose, I thought this was some kind of elaborate breed that had multi-coloured leaves. When I paid for it, however, the exceedingly knowledgeable cashier explained exactly how rainbow roses are grown.

Apparently you have to use a white rose. You split the stem into several strands and place each strand into a cup of water that’s had food colouring added to it. Over time the leaves will change colour.

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The same rose, photographed from a different perspective.

While it looks impressive, the process did sound brutal for the poor old rose! I don’t mind admitting that as she explained all this to me, I was feeling a bit guilty the rose hadn’t been left to grow in peace.

If you want to know how I took created this picture, I used the techniques outlined in this recent photography tutorial. Essentially I converted the picture to black and white and then painted the colour back in. I like the image not simply because it is a striking mix of colours, but because of the imperfections in the leaves. I think they add something gritty and real to the image.

In case you are wondering, Mrs Adams did like the flower. it’s presently in a vase on our dining table for all to see.

If you are marking Valentine’s Day, I hope your celebrations are a success. I also hope this image has brightened up your day a little.

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4 Comments

  1. February 17, 2019 / 8:38 am

    Great colours (shame about the process!) But as you said has made a great photo opportunity!

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 9:12 am

      Glad you like the colours although I am wishing I had removed the leaves from the stem. Yes, that process of creating a rainbow rose is brutal. very brutal indeed!

  2. February 19, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    Hi John, I have seen this process done on YouTube and it never struck me to feel for the poor little rose until now! I like the fact you killed two birds with one stone. Mrs Adams is happy and you have scratched a photography itch.

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 6:28 am

      I never thought about YouTube tutorials for producing a rainbow rose! It was a bit odd actually because I cut the stem to put it in water and the rainbow effect carries right through the stem as well as the leaves. Anyway, glad you liked the picture.