It was drizzling when I snapped this red rose in the Mona Vale gardens. I rather like the effect, even though personally I find roses are a little too perfect and photographing them can be like shooting fish in a barrel – not much of a challenge to get something pretty. But what is challenging is to photograph them more abstractly. Someone who can do this very well is my friend and professional photographer Sharon Blance. I was thinking of her collection of fine art nature photos when I framed up this shot – so thanks Sharon! You must check out her work online at www.sharonblance.com.