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In Memoriam Maybe

By WhiteRose1  
"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever." (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

These roses were left on the ice on the Lea Navigation (canal) in North London. Maybe left in memory of a tragic incident or just thrown from a nearby houseboat, I was unable to ascertain.
v2 uploaded just to show the wider picture.

Iso200, f11, 1/160sec..... HAND HELD!!!

A very big thank-you to all who voted/commented on more London, and for the UAs (personally thanked).


Tags: Canal Ice Roses Flowers and plants Houseboats Lea Navigation Red and blue

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Tibetan 4 3 England
25 Jan 2013 9:54AM
Hard to say on that one Dave, but they make a good photo with questions!, I like both each have their own merits, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:00AM
The crop although beautiful does not tell the whole story, whilst image number 2 allows our imagination to run freely through Tennyson's Rose Garden.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
7 10 10 England
25 Jan 2013 10:02AM
They look to perfect to have just been thrown - unless there was a lovers tiff in progress! Think I'll go with your title. Lovely reflections in this image.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:04AM
v2 for me also Dave - for once I also like to see the flowers in context SmileSmile
Bonvilston 5 61 8 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:05AM
Whatever the back story it is an evocative image, well composed and compared to v2 a really touching shot. ...Peter
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1501 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:15AM
Just beautiful, whatever the story. And we can all write our own.
25 Jan 2013 10:15AM
Quite a sad little photo - but a lovely picture.
25 Jan 2013 10:17AM
A well composed and well taken image, Dave!
I thinks it's V2 for me today.

nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
25 Jan 2013 10:23AM
Wonderful light, beautiful against the background in V1, V2 renders it in a context (!) so beautifully. Excellent shots, Dave.
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:24AM
Discarded flowers keeping their secrets.
A tantalising image in beautiful light. Sic transit gloria . . .

CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
25 Jan 2013 10:32AM
Maybe a lover's tiff, Dave Wink Carol
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
25 Jan 2013 10:37AM
Love both Dave, you could ponder so many things about this image, tragic or love!


morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:45AM
A moving tribute what ever the story maybe, well spotted and captured

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
25 Jan 2013 10:49AM
Something quite different from you today, Dave, and one that asks more questions than it answers.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
25 Jan 2013 10:49AM
Beautiful with those reflections, colours and textures; a very appealing image Dave!
Maybe the aftermath of a failed marriage proposal? Wink
25 Jan 2013 12:07PM
Yes it speaks stories .
25 Jan 2013 12:19PM
Well arranged
25 Jan 2013 12:39PM
Hand held eh! must have taken this as you just left the pub thenTongue tragic incident hope not but well captured

Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
25 Jan 2013 1:09PM
They make me feel sad. I'm hoping that they just got accidentally dropped. V2 for picture appeal........Sandy
25 Jan 2013 1:09PM
Whoop Whooop ..
I get to take this rather sad image to RC
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 1:24PM

Quote:A moving tribute what ever the story maybe, well spotted and captured


Have to agree and this a great shot
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 1:39PM
Love the touching, evocative nature of V1 and the ironic humour in V2 (the name of the barge in the background).
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 1:40PM
Strange and well captured Dave.

V1 for me Dave, it a story you can make fit anything you what it to. well captured and spotted.

25 Jan 2013 2:02PM
Well found. V2 certainly tells a story, whichever interpretation one puts on it. I prefer V1, a most pleasing image.

25 Jan 2013 2:03PM
So much meaning to these shots excellent
danbrann Plus
12 628 17
25 Jan 2013 2:09PM
One can read so much into this image.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 2:24PM
I voted earlier Dave but didn't have time to comment. I hope they're not the result of a 'domestic' - such a sad scene.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
25 Jan 2013 2:28PM

Quote:One can read so much into this image.

I agree Dave,

This very much a make a story from what you see.

For some reason I always associate flowers on water as a sadder moment in sombody's life. I do have to say that if V2 had had the upper parts of the boats cropped just leaving the bows in the image. I feel it would of had a greater emotional power to it.

For me V1 seems to be more of a thrown bunch of flowers following an argument.

That said nice spot and two great compositions well captured Dave.


moiral 6 12 Scotland
25 Jan 2013 3:59PM
They do look in too good a condition just to be thrown out. However if they were just thrown away - a big kick up the butt to the litter lout!
Good shots - makes us all think up our own story Grin. Moira
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
25 Jan 2013 4:37PM
An image open to all sorts of interpretation, Dave, although the roses lying in front of Rosie Lea did make me smile a little.
Marv Johnson, "I'll Pick a Rose For My Rose" perhaps?

andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 4:50PM
makes you think this one dave every picture tells a story v1 for me today but love the boat name in v2 time i had a brew Wink
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
25 Jan 2013 5:12PM
I actually prefer V2 -- places things more in context and the roses in front of the Rosie Lea can't be beat for making us wonder what the story is.
Very intriguing.
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 5:29PM
You could imagen all sort of things in V1 Dave, Accident, love quarrel, propose refusal, etc etc. Magic number "3", well composed, Shall I goon?.GrinGrinGrin
V2 has grate colours and the name... grate shot.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
25 Jan 2013 5:43PM
Two fine captures, Dave, but have to go for V2 which gives us a more complete story Wink
Trev Smile
25 Jan 2013 6:36PM
Well spotted and taken Dave, excellent.

John Smile
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
25 Jan 2013 6:52PM
So interesting and great

Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 6:54PM
Love the colours and the reflections. Am pondering WHY these beautiful flowers should be just left - I imagine there could be a fascinating story to be told...!
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 7:39PM
I think I can put an end to your pondering here DaveWink ................... Well , what happened is, You see that yellow cable on the reel on the wall? Some innocent soul was walking along with a bunch of roses for the missus (bit early for Valentines, but they are cheaper in Jan) and he tripped over the cable, straight onto the iceSad.......... Skidded on his belly, right to the point where the roses lie. At this point he let go of the posy and slipped backwards.....................and bumped into Rosie Lea........... unfortunatly for the cheapskate (no punn intendedWink) there was a hole in the ice just there.................. Bad times, glug glug......
And all you can do is take photos without your tripodSadSadSadSad....................... DaveTongue

V2 for me, great image!
pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 8:03PM
Lovely images Dave, i dont think you are far wrong in your assumtion, Peter..
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
25 Jan 2013 8:24PM
What ever the answer is ,that could be many thing's,they make a lovely set of images.
I saw some on a beach once and was thinking the same.
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 8:35PM
I have to agree with Walter Dave, I actually prefer v2 as well... One would have thought it some sort of tribute... wonderful light on the petals though mate. Superb
UrbaneMagick 4 172 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 9:13PM
Poignant & something a little different from yourself Dave!!

V1 Is my preference as it strikes more strongly in its solitude!!

Gareth Smile
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 9:18PM
Well you've got everybody guessing. I'm afraid I'd be too canny to throw out a perfectly good bunch of roses -
think of the photo opportunities!
Sad to think it could be the place of an accident.
I like V1.
frz67 7 10 32 Italy
25 Jan 2013 10:39PM

Quote:Maybe a lover's tiff, Dave Wink Carol

that's what I've thought too....

maybe a bnw version would be even more dramatic?

NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
25 Jan 2013 11:30PM
I enjoy looking at your travel shots Dave the temple on the lake was special.Every picture tells a story but most are open to interpretation.
Two great captures. I like V1 it tells the relevant story and originality.
Well done. WesternRed.
JimV 10 6 3 Canada
26 Jan 2013 2:12AM
There has to be a story here Dave, but maybe best left untold!
Rgds., Jim
26 Jan 2013 2:32AM
Dave, Well seen and captured ... infused the feeling in the flowers. Love it.

Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 7:32AM
V1 so well captured Dave, and reflected, makes you really think about the why's
but V2 is my winner with the overall look... such clarity
26 Jan 2013 7:56AM
V2 is an evocative image Dave. Lovely colours and reflections
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
26 Jan 2013 8:00AM
These are two excellent photo Dave !! They do seem to have a purpose though , I think both versions are quite spectacularSmileGrinGrin
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 12:39PM
Lovely images Dave
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 12:46PM
Fantastic Dave both are brilliant images V1 just edges it for me a bit more poignant I think.Smile
ChiliMan 10 135 17 Singapore
26 Jan 2013 1:24PM
Gosh...that is a reeeeeeally beautiful line from Tennyson.

Thanks for the contextual shot in V2, Dave. Hmm...I reckon they WERE a sort of tribute.

Excellent shot in V1 with those reflections in the ice.

User_Removed 6 48 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 1:27PM
What ever the reason for them, two nice images Dave.
Regards, Alf.
26 Jan 2013 4:04PM
Two great captures
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
26 Jan 2013 4:16PM
V2 with Rosie Lea.. that really chimes for me.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 11:07PM
Wonderful... Love this... IB
debu 6 India
27 Jan 2013 1:50AM
Excellently presented.
27 Jan 2013 7:36AM
Unusual objects in unusual places. When you find them you always wish you had a camera. And you did. Flowers!!! I will have to watch you. Nicely composed, sharp and bright colours. Technically v1 maybe better but I prefer v2 as it adds some context. Regards Russell
The picture speaks volumes..
LexEquine 10 19 United States
1 Feb 2013 3:43PM
'Two superbly captured & rendered color photographs' ~ Peter Smile

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