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This delicately curled flower reminded me of the one Thumbelina came from. Although the fairytale talks about a tulip, there was something so pure and magical about this bud; it felt like the perfect title for this image.
"This is such a pretty flower," said the woman. She kissed its lovely red and yellow petals, and just as she kissed it the flower gave a loud pop! and flew open. It was a tulip, right enough, but on the green cushion in the middle of it sat a tiny girl. She was dainty and fair to see, but she was no taller than your thumb. So she was called Thumbelina.
~From ‘Tommelise’ (Thumbelina) by Hans Christian Andersen
A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown —
Who ponders this tremendous scene —
This whole Experiment of Green —
As if it were his own!
It’s not often that a perfect moment comes along, and when it does, it usually comes completely unexpected. This image was on my “dream-capture list” for so long I almost forgot about it.
One day I found a small dandelion hidden behind some shrubberies (they aren’t as common here as in other places in the world). As I began photographing its beautiful form, a very gentle breeze came and one of the seeds took off very slowly. It was perfect because the focus was already there and all I had to do is click the shutter to capture this little guy parachuting away… :)
~Thomas Merton (trans.), “Action and Non-Action” from The Way of Chuang Tzu.
Mindful by Mary Oliver
I see or hear
that more or less kills me
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
It was what I was born for -
to look, to listen, to lose myself
inside this soft world -
to instruct myself
over and over in joy,
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant - but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab, the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help but grow wise
with such teachings
as these -
the untrimmable light of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?