Her Name was Sunstruck

“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.”
-Leo Buscaglia

“Sharp Thorns Produce Delicate Roses”

I found her in my friend’s garden in San Anselmo, wilted but lovely, her essence was at once light- filled and delicate, strong and complex. The scent was heady even though she was fading. In her state of decay, her beauty radiated. And this is exactly how I captured her on April 20th, 2015.  I named her after a variety to which I am not sure  she belongs, but the name fit her and so it stuck.

Roses are evocative. They speak to all the senses with their powerful scent, exquisite velvety petals and sensuous shape. They conjure up beauty, grace, complexity, and stillness. It is no mystery as to why the phrase, stop and smell the roses has become a mantra in the English language. These mysterious beings are not only beautiful and magical but serve to bring us into the present. In mythology, the rose is associated with the Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite who often was depicted with roses around her head, feet and neck. In Tarot, the rose is considered a symbol of balance, promise, new beginnings and hope. As the rose comes to bloom this time of year in it’s varying colors from deep crimson to blushing pink, stop and take a deeper look.

Check out The Marin Rose Society in San Rafael https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yytnE3zeaoY

Marin Rose Society’s Annual Rose Show will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Northgate Mall

And on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael, there will be a program on “Gardening in Marin” by Dane Rose! Dane Rose is the owner of Mystical Landscapes, a design and installation company in Marin, California. Born in 1975, he started his company at age seventeen after studying Organic and Biodynamic gardening in school and apprenticing on Biodynamic farms.


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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