This rose was in a small clearing surrounded by
a man-made (or woman-made) jungle at Lotusland.
There was just enough opening in the canopy to allow
a nice shaft of light on the rose. The setting
made the background much darker offsetting the
As I have experimented with my photos I have found that
the background is sometimes more important than the subject itself.
The right surroundings can make a mediocre subject really pop, and
it will make a beautiful subject something really special. Another
good example of this and one of my
favorite backgrounds is in the first image on this site.