“To only see ‘death’ in death is to somehow assume that death itself is a barrier so abrupt that God Himself is halted by it. To see ‘life’ in death is to understand that death is a sprawling horizon to a new beginning that God created long before death ever thought to show up.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough
Finale, is the only word that came to mind as I viewed this final image of the garden tulip I have been photographing for the past few days. Every time I think it is done, it hangs on another day, its form altered, yet still beautiful, even in its passing.
For me, this is the final flourish, bright colours and textures intensified through the distortion of the wilting petals. And so, this blossom takes its final bow and I’m reminded of the joy it’s brief beauty brought to our home, now also remembered through a simple image.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100
High Resolution image on 500px
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Exquisite, Ed. Beautifully shot with great color and clarity. I am rather obsessed with blooms that are past their prime. So graceful and poignant.
Thank you Jane
Beautiful! The luminous texture of the petals is extraordinary!
Thank you. I enjoyed that myself. 😊
What a stunning image Ed! You’ve given this tulip character and vibrance in its final moments.
Thank you Gabe.
This tulip offered many beautiful glimpses into its life cycle… and captured so amazingly by you!
Beautiful………………………simply beautiful. I love this. Thanks for sharing. Just went to a funeral of a family member yesterday. This helps. 🙂
You are welcome. My family has seen many losses of late, yet I’m finding beauty in these dying moments.
Sorry for all of your losses……………..I too, have had many……………too many……………..young people. It’s just something you never really get used to, no matter how many times it happens. But, in the midst of sadness, I find when I’m being mindful………….is where I see the beauty in these dying moments.
It’s not quite the same as with flowers, but the ‘looking’ part still applies. The beauty is often not revealed for many years.
I agree. XX