DownloadDescription: A red rose in sunlight. The rose is partly open, some of the petals curving out from the middle, and still partly closed, with a core of curled petals wrapped around the bud. I've rarely seen such beautiful roses as these, which were growing in a garden in front of a house in Fort Bragg CA. This is one of the first photos I put on this site, and has always been by far the most popular.
DownloadDescription: A fully mature pink rose with its petals spread open in the sunlight. This rose is a bright pale pink, with fluffy soft petals. At the center, the yellow pollen at the tips of the stamens can just barely be seen peeking out between the petals. The background is mostly dark, with some dark green foliage to the right of the rose.
DownloadA beautiful pink rose shown from the side in sunlight against a green background. The opening petals of the rose are backlit by sunlight. The rose faces toward the right side of the picture, and is seen against a dark green background.
DownloadA lovely light pink rose opening its petals in the sunlight. The outer petals of the rose are peeled back to reveal the heart of the bud beneath. This pink rose is shown against a green background.
DownloadA beautiful pink rose just beginning to open, with its petals curled in a spiral around the center bud. The rose is shown in bright sunlight against a green background. There is a small unopened rosebud just behind the rose.
DownloadA white rose in sunlight, shown from the side at an angle, hanging down from the rose bush. The petals are outlined in sunlight, and the interior of the rose is shaded.
DownloadDescription: This elegant light pink rose looks almost as though it were carved in porcelain. Something about the way the petals curl gives it a classic, almost Victorian aspect. In the center of the rose, the petals are still wrapped tightly around the bud, while on the outside they curl out around the stem against a mostly black background.
DownloadA pink rose in sunlight, shown from the side at an angle as it hangs from the bush. The rose is partially open, forming a bowl shape with its petals. Sunlight coming from above casts a deep shadow in the inner depths of the rose.
DownloadDescription: This rich red rose is fully mature, its petals open and fluffed out around the stem. The rose is seen from the side and slightly in front, in slanting sunlight with dappled shadows. Around the rose are the light green leaves of the surrounding rose bushes.
DownloadDescription: This bright red rose is seen from the front and has its petals all the way open and curling outward from the center. Just to the right of the mature rose is a tiny dark red rosebud, just starting to bloom.
DownloadA white rose seen from the side in sunlight against the blue sky. The rose is just beginning to open, its first petals curling out from the bud.
DownloadA white rose in sunlight, silhouetted against the blue sky. The rose is mostly closed, petals curled around the bud. Shown with a sprig of green leaves to the right side of the photo.
DownloadA light pink rose, fully open, in bright sunlight on a green background. The rose is facing upward toward the sun, with all of its petals open. The outer petals are so light as to be nearly white, whereas the inner petals are a delicate light pink.
DownloadA light pink rose, fully open, hanging down from the bush and lit from above with dappled sunlight. The rose's petals are a lovely light pink, and are slightly curled back at the ends. The lower and inner part of the rose is in shadow, while the upper side is brightly lit.
DownloadA dark pink rose in full bloom, brightly lit by sunlight on a green leafy background. This rose is a deep, rich pink. It is fully open, facing up and slightly toward the right side of the photo.
DownloadA brilliant white rose, just beginning to open its petals, in bright sunlight. Though there are a couple of petals that are fully open, most of the body of the rose is round and still closed around the bud.
DownloadA white rose, fully open, hanging downward from the bush, lit from above by sunlight.
DownloadAn open white rose facing to the side, in bright sunlight against a dark green background.
DownloadA tiny bright pink rosebud just beginning to uncurl its petals. The bud is pointed toward the camera and slightly to the right side of the photo, lit from above with bright sunlight. The top petal is the only one beginning to separate from the bud.
DownloadA rosebud with petals white near the tips and pale yellow near the stem. The rosebud is seen from the side, pointing diagonally toward the upper left corner of the photo. The petals have barely begun to separate from the bud.
DownloadA light purple rose with petals beginning to open, seen from the side in bright sunlight.
The earliest of these lovely pictures of roses in sunlight were taken in the rose garden of a friend's house in Fort Bragg, California. These pictures of roses were some of the first pics I posted to Free Nature Pictures, and they're still among the best.
Also, I've recently added some new rose pictures taken in the Denver Botanical Gardens. The new pictures are higher resolution and higher quality, but I still think the actual roses from the original series were nicer - more full and well-rounded, with more lush petals.
These rose images are great for making your own valentines, and they always get a lot more popular around February 14th. Rose pictures by any other name...
Like all of our pictures, these rose images are free to download and use for any purpose you can imagine. You can use our roses pictures on your website or blog, in books and print media, and of course in Valentine's day cards. We only ask that if you enjoy our pics of roses and find them useful, please credit us with a link or by sharing your favorite of these rose pics on your favorite social media site.