Fragile Beauty

posted by Sharon March 27, 2012 15 Comments

Why do tulips make us smile? Maybe it’s not only because of their delicate beauty but also because they are the first flower of Spring. Tulips bloom, winter is past. The browns and grays and whites of winter have been chased away by these bearers of vivid color.

I think of tulips as flowers of hope, flowers that have conquered. Not all flowers grow on stems newly pushed up through the dirt. Roses bloom on thorny stems that have stood dormant during the colder months. Bush flowers like hibiscus burst out of green hedges. Trees decorate themselves with fragrant magnolias. But tulips — they grow from bulbs that are planted in the dark soil during the cool season and there they stay, unseen, until Spring comes. Then they break through and announce that the days of new life are here again. Long forgotten through the darker days, they poke up and all of a sudden gardens are graced with brilliant reds, deep purples, tender pinks. What we saw all winter as a dead patch out in the wind and weather is now alive with celebration.

Any particular hour or day or season of our lives we may find ourselves in a dark place. It may seem we are buried by our cares. This Spring, we can look at the tulips and remember their message of hope. Our eyes and our souls can feast on the fragile flowers that have overcome the packed, once-frozen dirt.

How about you? Is your world today in need of some color? Is the celebration still to come, or is your life full of brilliant blooms you can share with us?

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays , Inspired Tuesday, and Texture Tuesdays, where the assignment this week is “pink,” The photo is processed with a layer of Kim Klassen’s texture Embrace.

 

 

 

 

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15 Comments

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Danelle March 27, 2012 at 5:03 am

Beautiful! Tulips are my favorite.

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Desirae R March 27, 2012 at 5:46 am

I love what you have written about tulips. So true and very beautiful!

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Susie March 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

Lovely photo and tender essay. Thanks, I needed this today.

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nics cahill March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

Sharon, how I love your blog, and writing.

Tulips, are one of my favourite flowers, such beauty, such grace. I can identify with what you have written. I made a recording on a similar theme for the bbc in the autumn – you can read the script here http://www.saltandsparkle.com/home/2011/11/17/smiling-sunflowers.html

Thank you for your blog. Today, I celebrate the colour in my life, and even in the darkness as I push through, and grow strong roots, I celebrate the fact of colour that will come when in bloom.

Happy Tuesday

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Pieni lintu March 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

Very nice shot!

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heather March 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

I love tulips they are my fav flower i love this shot!

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say cheese March 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

pretty tulips!

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Mama Zen March 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Gorgeous! I adore tulips!

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Life with Kaishon March 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I love the pretty colors they come in! Gorgeous!

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Gina March 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

So pretty- I meant to pick some up at the store & then forgot to go back & get them before leaving. I really must remember- they are so nice to have around.

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Bethany March 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I much prefer tulips to roses, anytime. =)

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Mona March 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Pink is my favourite color and I’m so excited to study all these wonderful pink pictures 🙂 Your shot is truly beautiful ♥

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Evelyn in Oregon March 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This is such a beautiful short “essay” to go with your fabulous image of the pink tulips!

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Pat March 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Beautifully processed photo and narrative!

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joelsuma March 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Oh, what a tulip-color! So soft, but intensiv pink. I like it!

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