Her Name was Sunstruck

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

“Sharp Thorns Produce Delicate Roses”
-Ovid

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.

Marin Nomad

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. The Marin Nomad site was born in 2014 out of a desire to share some of what I experience here in Marin and during my travels. The world has been through a lot since then, especially recently and there a need more than ever to be out in the natural world. Please see my other sites: Instagram: @maryserphos Photography: www.imagesbymaryserphos.com Psychotherapy: www.theawarebody.com Inspirational Card Deck: www.dreamingthelightcards.com

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