a tulip’s shadow on a sunny day

Even perfectly open tulips have their shadow.

The sun was out in south London today. So were the tulip petals in my front garden. But such a thing of beauty has such a pronounced shadow, which is perhaps more bewitching than the flower itself.

I guess every person who looks at this photo will make his or her own interpretation of it. What perturbs me is that the raised arm on the right of the shadow could be cheering on the tulip for showing off her beauty. However, it could also be a persecutory gesture, an angry hand about to rain down blows to fracture the fragility of the tulip’s petals; to let rip because the tulip was audacious enough to turn its face to the sun and show its true, radiant beauty.

I wonder which one it is?

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2 thoughts on “a tulip’s shadow on a sunny day

  1. It could be either, but I hope if there is a hand coming down to smash it, the garderner’s foot isn’t too far off to smash the hand. >_>

    Just wanted to add, if you at all have a chance I’d love for you to stop by to my launch party for my e-book ORDINARY on April 17th. I’ve loved your blog so far, and I’m trying to invite all my favorite bloggers to come. ^^ It’ll be hosted at http://www.uninvoked.com/

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