“If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider.” – Jules Renard
Rising Up to Brighter Days
Rising Up to Brighter Days in Black and White
(Black and white flowers may not demonstrate the cheer and hope that colorful flowers do, but, I loved this image in black and white. Many, many years ago, black and white would have been the only option to present this image and I believe it would have had the same meaning – Rising Up.)
As today is the first day of Spring I feel myself rising up out of the winter doldrums. The days are getting longer, the sun, when it shines, is shining brighter. I am longing for warmer days and more sunshine. As the tulip in the image is rising up toward the sunlight, my spirits are rising in hope that soon, warmer, brighter days will be here to stay for a while. Let’s all open our eyes wide so that the senses will be reawaken in the days to come – with birds chirping, flowers blooming, grass growing, and children laughing.
“Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits” – William Shakespeare
“I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.” – Frederick Perls
It is somewhat ironic that expectation is the word that came to mind when contemplating this evening’s post. Why, you might ask. Because tonight I am filled with both excitement and anticipation, and trying not to escalate my expectations of the gallery opening I am participating in tomorrow evening. The Buck’s County Project Gallery has its debut tomorrow night and the owner, who is also an artist and photographer, asked me to participate when she saw my sunflower series earlier this year. I was very honored and am filled with gratitude that she found my work worthy of her gallery featuring fabulous photography by Buck’s County artists. Even more ironic, is that the author of the second quote above was born in Germany, as was Stephanie, the gallery owner, who, I believe, lives by the philosophy so eloquently stated in the quote.
“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.” – Lewis Mumford
The Legend of the Poinsettia and Other Information
The legend of the poinsettia dates back to the 16th century and goes something like this: One Christmas Eve in Mexico a child who was very poor did not have a gift to present to Christ. Having been encouraged to give a humble gift the child gathered weeds from the roadside on his way to church. A Christmas miracle occurred as the child entered the church and approached the altar with his humble gift of weeds. The weeds turned into beautiful red and green flowers. Shortly after, the flowers were given the name Flores de Noche Buena, which means “flowers of the holy night.” In addition, it is believed that the star-shaped pattern of poinsettia leaves symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem. It is also said that the dark red leaf color represents the blood of Christ.
In addition to being symbolic of Christmas, there are other interesting facts about the poinsettia.
Poinsettias mean to be of good cheer.
Poinsettias represent purity.
Poinsettias were used by the Aztec people to make red dye.
The Aztec people used the white sap of poinsettias for the medicinal purpose of reducing fevers.
Poinsettias originated in Mexico and South/Central America.
December 12th is Poinsettia Day in the United States.
The Ecke Family controls 70% of all poinsettia propagation and sales.
The flowers are very small and yellow.
The bright colored petals are known as leaves or bracts.
Poinsettias are available in the following colors: bright red, cream, yellow, pink, and peach.