Every year for the past several in a row, I do a composition or two involving roses. They happen to be pervasive around Valentine’s Day, and I love the shapes of the petals in dramatic black and white lighting. I also enjoy the emotional metaphor associated with a beautiful natural object. This particular piece — best viewed at large size for detail — includes a leaf that blew in to my living room, a tree I see on my daily commute, and of course: roses. I chose the title in considering the fleeting nature of flowers in general, along with their seasonal times in our lives, such as around holidays. Below is a look at how I achieved the lighting for this with my trusty flashlight. See the source components at Flickr.