Twinned Tulips by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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"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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