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This beautiful hydrangea was still in the shade, and the effect of the frost is much softer.  I could imagine this on top of a beautiful wedding cake. (:o)

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I like this one very much, Rosalyn. Where I live we don't often get ice when anything is in bloom, and the effect is striking.
Rosalyn Sears: I think it just happens that this year we have had a long `autumn` and this heavy frost arrived unexpectedly, when there are still some flowers around. My other hydrangeas have gone into their `dried` form, but this one was just on the cusp of turning in for the year. Glad you like it. (:o)
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 27 Nov 2007, 00:15
Another fantastic frosty capture.
Rosalyn Sears: Before I joined shutterchance, I don`t think I would have even thought about looking for this sort of photograph. I find it has really stimulated me into looking for photo opportunities in unlikely situations. Happy you like this one. (:o)
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 27 Nov 2007, 00:25
More frost! I like this series.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Martin. I am glad you like it. I`m pleased I took some shots, because it may not happen like this again for a while. (:o)
That is really something. A lovely capture. They do look a bit like a confectioner's delight.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you - they looked so pretty. (:o)
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Nov 2007, 02:51
A screen full of gorgeousness!
Gotta love this one, Rosalyn.
Rosalyn Sears: Ray, you are very kind. (:o)
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 27 Nov 2007, 05:22
This is beautiful! I love the colors!
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Helen. (:o)
They must be cold ? smile
Rosalyn Sears: Frozen, I should think. lol! (:o)
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 27 Nov 2007, 06:07
oohh Crunchy. they look delicious. They almost look like made of colorful stones. Great capture..
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you - I am delighted you like it. (:o)
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 27 Nov 2007, 06:18
Amazing detail. Lovely gentle colours. well captured
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Gale. I thought they looked quite subtle alongside all the rich autumn hues I have been seeing. Tomorrow`s is less subtle. (:o0
This one is certainly a likey !
Standing ovation !!
Rosalyn Sears: As ever, you are so kind with your comments. (:o)
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 27 Nov 2007, 10:09
Fabulous, Roz! A confectioner's delight, to be sure. But now I wonder...has this frost done them in or were they able to kick it off, so to speak, and snap back with their beauty?
Rosalyn Sears: Ah Ginnie, I believe there are times when we think alike (see tomorrow`s photograh)lol! Yes, the frost has finished them off, another day or so and they would have been switching off anyway, without the help of the frost, so I was pleased to have taken the photographs. (:o)
Absolutely beautiful, Rosalyn. It looks like it is sugar frosted and indeed, belongs on a wedding cake.
Rosalyn Sears: I have a friend who makes the most amazingly intricate sugar flowers. It`s quite an art. How kind of mother nature to leave me a garden-full of these delights....for free! (:o)
  • Ann
  • 27 Nov 2007, 10:46
The question that comes to me looking at your photo is : how can these flowers stay alive frozen like this ? It gives them wonderful colours and texture ... I like it very much !!! Ann
Rosalyn Sears: Sadly, Ann, a heavy frost like this usually finishes them for the year. Normally the hydrangeas would have already turned into dried flower-heads, but we have had such a mild autumn, some were still flowering. (:o)
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 27 Nov 2007, 10:56
Wonderful, beautiful photgraphy Roz. Actually a whole lot better than yesterday's shot IMHO. Many regards, Neil.
Rosalyn Sears: Glad you like it, Neil. I was so excited when I saw what the frost had done - I just clicked away. (:o)
  • Chantal
  • Terheijden - The Netherlands
  • 27 Nov 2007, 11:23
I love the little frost detail.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Chantal. These looked so pretty. (:o)
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 27 Nov 2007, 11:47
They look as if the sugar fairy has paid a visit and dusted them with her magic. Beautiful.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Kathryn. Glad you like them. (:o)
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Nov 2007, 11:47
When I opened your shot it made me think of iced flowers for cakes. So fragile and beautiful. Nice shot
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Tracy. (:o)
  • Richard Trim
  • ... driving from Norwich UK
  • 27 Nov 2007, 12:40
Sugar frosties! richard.
Rosalyn Sears: They`re Grrrrrrreat! (if I remember the advert correctly - lol! (:o)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Nov 2007, 13:36
Today they look salt encrusted. Or those drinks where they put the sugar on the glass.

Great arrangement.
Rosalyn Sears: Hah! I should have called it `Hydrangea Sunrise`. lol! (:o)
Well caught roselyn. I like the frosty petals
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Sesan - I liked them, too. (:o)
Beautyfull shot Rosalyn. I like the cold colours!
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Richard. Happy you like it. (:o)
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 27 Nov 2007, 17:47
Delicate frost Rosalyn, sugar candied. smile
Rosalyn Sears: They did look so pretty. I am pleased you like it. (:o)
  • Trudie
  • South Africa
  • 27 Nov 2007, 17:54
Even more pretty than yesterday's picture!
Rosalyn Sears: Happy you like it, Trudie. (:o)
Very nice one!!! Love it.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Frank. I am so pleased you like it. (:o)
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 27 Nov 2007, 18:35
must take a frosted floral shot soon...this is lovely...
Rosalyn Sears: Make the most of the first frosts, then, because it is unusual to still have things in flower at this time of the year. Glad you like this. (:o)
  • Gishan
  • Uk
  • 27 Nov 2007, 19:16
Nice and crispy.. feel like eating it.
Rosalyn Sears: lol! Glad you like it, Gishan. (:o)
This is a beautiful shot Ros. You could almost eat them!
Rosalyn Sears: Well, I know some flowers are edible, but I`m not to sure about I think I shall just enjoy them in situ. lol! So pleased you like this shot. (:o)
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 27 Nov 2007, 20:31
Jack Frost still in the garden Rosalyn, don't send him off yet, love the pictures, cannot wait untill he takes the plane to Holland tongue
Rosalyn Sears: Unfortunately, it is now a week since I took these photographs, and we have moved into wet, windy and very grey weather. Glad you like these. (:o)
Busy - like a Breugel.

They seem to be saying "OK Guys ... who didn't pay the gas bill???"
Rosalyn Sears: lol! I know what you mean. They look as though they are competing with each other to get their faces in the picture. (:o)
  • Ellie
  • here on my chair
  • 27 Nov 2007, 22:22
Mmmy, these would look lovely on a cake!
Rosalyn Sears: They would look nice, wouldn`t they? In the past, when I seem to have much more time, I would spend hours `frosting` rose petals, or making chocolate leaves by painting chocolate onto rose leaves, and then peeling the real leaf away. They can make even the most mundane dessert or cake look special....but these days, I just don`t have the time. (:o)
  • blackdog
  • Bath on dial up!
  • 27 Nov 2007, 22:26
I have to say they look like the sugared jelly fuit my aunties used to give me for Xmas. I certainly prefer the photograph ;o) (or a bar of chocolate!)
Rosalyn Sears: lol! It`s a hard choice. (:o)
A pretty full composition of smooth colors and in addition seems that the flowers were sweetened. Very pretty!
Rosalyn Sears: So pleased you like this. Thank you for your kind comments. (:o)
  • Roland
  • France
  • 28 Nov 2007, 08:36
Really lovely. I like the pastel colors...
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Roland. I am so pleased you like it. (:o)
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Nov 2007, 23:16
makes me think of sugared rose and violet petals. Really beautiful Rosalyn.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you - at one time I used to make my own and decorate cakes and desserts with them. Life is too busy to do that now, but I was delighted to see that mother nature had delivered a load straight into my garden. (:o)

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