"Like tulip-beds of different shape and dyes, bending beneath the invisible west-wind's sighs."
~ Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), 'The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan'.
Diverging Twin Tulips (Select Any Image or Title To See In A Larger Format)
Diverging Twin TulipsTulips in diverging directions
Tulips have been a lifelong fascination. My mother was the second generation of a Dutch family born in the United States and had a love of tulips. She passed very near a score of years ago, so my affinity strengthens every spring. Since my mother's passing, I learned of our ancestral familial connection to tulip bulbs and their trade from the Ottoman Empire to Holland
So on a day that we are making a regular stop, we see some tulips and I let my thoughts drift to my mother. They drift further back to the fields in the Frisian areas. I consider the diaries of those Dutch relatives of World War II who ate precious tulip bulbs to survive.
So as the sky darkened and threatened to rain upon us, I am struck by how the light generated drama in these flowers. And thoughts of my mother and the past mix with this beautiful springtime flower. And as I observe that there are so many twinned together, and the sense of past and present heightens.
Pair Of Tulips In Red
Pair Of Tulips In RedA pair of red tulips
Two Tulips Together
Two Tulips TogetherTwo tulips paired together
Diverging Twinned Tulips
Diverging Twinned TulipsDiverging Twinned Tulips
Twin Tulip Hearts
Twin Tulips HeartsThe hearts of twin tulips
Two Bright Tulips Together
Two Bright Tulips TogetherTwo tulips together
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