I'm a word person, not much of a photographer. But visiting the giant rose garden in Portland - 8,000 roses are on display here! - got me thinking about differences in light and how they affect photos. It had just rained and the sun was hidden, which meant that the roses looked especially bright and dewy without being harsh. Full sun, or midday sun, is not the best time for snapping pictures; everything looks washed out. But early morning or late afternoon - the best. When it's cloudy, that works, too.

So here's a shot on that kind of day - overcast and gray. This white rose was so luscious, and in this photo, you can sense the softness, the lingering raindrops and even the fragrance. I also decided rather than take a typical head-on shot of a blooming rose, I'd put my camera right in there to capture the crevices and shadows.

When I first saw this photo on my computer screen, I just stared at it, remembering  the moment in Portland when I came upon this magnificent flower. Perhaps it will have that effect on you. You're there, too.