Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Vernal Equinox-Theme


The unfolding of the Vernal Equinox is like the unfolding of the petals of a floral blossom  The flower gradually reveals its beauty until it reaches the apex of its form. At which time the perfect shape and vivid hues balance one another much like the balance of day and night of the equinox.  Then the flower slowly fades and decay begins the process that leads to the death of the flower. The days lengthen to accommodate nature and balance the life and death of the blossom: the gradual and inevitable natural cycle of birth, decay, and rebirth.

Sharing with City Daily Photo’s “Festival of the Equinox” extra theme day. To see other interpretations, 
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Added later: I probably should have labeled it in my narrative as a camellia since some viewers thought it was a rose.

19 comments:

  1. wow, beautiful picture of a perfect rose.

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  2. Happy first day of spring. It's sure looking springy here in our neighborhood. I'm thinking about going to the nursery and getting my summer tomato plants!

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  3. You caught this rose at the perfect time. Beautiful!

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  4. Your study of the anatomy of a rose reminds me of a charity ball that we went to years ago where they had volunteers open the outer ring of the rose petals by hand for 100,000 roses used in the table arrangements. It was stunning.

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  5. Oh, Kate, what a fabulous combination of image and text, and so absolutely fitting for the Festival of the Equinox. It is all about life, death, and regeneration, and how the seed of one is embedded in the other. And this is true the world over, although mirror reflected.

    Thank you for your contribution to the Festival of the Equinox, and for waiting until the day itself to post. I value your support very much.

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  6. what a fabulous bloom!

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  7. That is one gorgeous rose you've photographed here.

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  8. Beautiful picture and beautiful thoughts.

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  9. Kate that was wonderful. I enjoyed that so much, and for me the rose is beautiful right up until the last petal falls off, just like the seasons....only, not summer, I just wish that would stop :)

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  10. A beautiful shot and perfect for the start of spring! Now if it would just make it's way to Canada. :)

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  11. Beautiful camellia! The other day I was just looking at those near to my house, one of the flowers which blossom in early spring.

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  12. Wonderful contribution, Kate. Sadly I forgot about this date...totally!

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  13. I thought I was reading one of the great literary giants! Nicely done and beautiful photo of that camellia/rose! :)

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  14. I suppose it does look a bit like an unfurled rose from that angle.

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  15. The leaves are a camellia giveaway. Lovely shot! We probably won't see these blooming here for another month. They're welcome any time.

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  16. It does resemble a rose! Very pretty.

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  17. Isn't that one of those flowers that changes its colour to match its surroundings?

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  18. Ah yes, I recognise it as a camellia. The camellias are beginning to come out in our gardens at the moment here in Australia. Though I adore roses for their fragrance, it is the symmetry of the camellia that pleases me.

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  19. A beautiful photo and perfectly expressed accompaniment.

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