I picked the season's first rose and brought it in yesterday evening. Then I realized it needed a picture or three. It is a Queen Elizabeth Rose (first introduced in 1954) The natural colour is of the one on the rock. These are unretouched, of course.
A long walk in the woods today and the cool wind sweetly blowing through the trees. It wakes a deep yearning in me to climb the high ridges of distant mountains, and sit thoughtfully with friends around a campfire sharing the journey.