There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.
― Jim Butcher, White Night
Below is the original photo used to create this image. These sweet roses were a gift for my birthday last year. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.