The Flower of Love: 35 Beautiful Rose Photos

The rose is a perfect way to express love. If you’re looking for flowers for a special someone, you can’t go wrong with roses. Roses also inspire artists to create beautiful works. For writers, for example, they are a perfect metaphor. Just read through these great quotes that use roses to describe deeper thoughts and feelings:

“What is in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
— William Shakespeare

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.”
— George Eliot

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
— Anne Brontë

“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
— Abraham Lincoln

“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”
— Rumi

Roses are also a great subject in photography. It does not matter if you shoot them in macro, black and white, or in a rose garden, roses can look pretty in any photo. One tip for photographers: You do not have to give actual roses to the people you love. Instead give a photo. It will last longer.

Rose Pictures

These beautiful photos of roses were selected from our Flickr group.

Greg David — What’s in a name?
red roses

Greg David — Rose
red roses

patrickiven — The Rose
pink rose

Amarpreet K — Roses
pink roses

Carina — Lantern
pink roses and a lantern

Niki van Velden — Rosie rosie
pink rose

Denis Bondioli — group of pink roses
pink roses

Jadon Hale — Flower glow
red roses in rose garden

Alex Greenshpun — Birth of a Pearl
red rose macro

Alex Greenshpun — Infinity
rose in black and white

Kurt Jacobs — Fading roses
roses

Sharon LuVisi — Mom’s Rose
pink rose

Lidija Bondarenko — White-Pink Rose
white-pink rose

Peony71 — Do you believe in spring?
rose

norenkay — Rose
pink rose

Lidija Bondarenko — Fall Rose
fall roses

Christopher — Washed Away
roses on the beach

Mindful Photography — Rose
red rose

Valar Morghulis — Red rose…..for the Devil’s whore
red rose

Peony71 — Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know – Ernest Hemingway
rose

Carina — after the rain
pink rose

Tam Carney — Sheer Beauty
yellow rose

Greg David — Maybe Today
yellow rose

Lidija Bondarenko — Red Rose in Rain
red rose

Lidija Bondarenko — orange Rose
orange roses

Mindful Photography — Rose
pink roses

Barb — Red Rose
close-up of red rose

Peony71 — Rose Magic
pink rose

Andy Farmer — Rose
macro of a rose in black and white

Linda Fields — Red Beauty
red rose

John Collins — Red rose with droplets
red rose with droplets

Archana Jarajapu — A Rose is a rose
macro of pink rose

Marina Burić — Frosty Rose
red rose with frost

edward musiak — saudi rose
red rose

Jack Nobre — Rose Sparks
rose with sparks