Bursting with colour


There it was in the middle of a blanket of green, bursting with colour. 

Bursting with possibility, opportunity and life. 

A small bud that would very soon bloom into a gorgeous flower. The beginning of a journey of a short life nevertheless, the beginning was passionately colourful in sight and character. 

This shot made me think of all the opportunities that present themselves to us within a short time. When time is tight and the potential is huge, how good are we at making the most of what we are able to do within that time. 

When time is short and the end is certain, does that mean that it’s not worth exploring, creating and achieving? Do we end up doing a half-hearted job, not giving it our all, maybe not doing at all. Sitting back and waiting or maybe just wasting the minutes away with mindlessness and empty promises of tomorrow. 

I may be guilty of all of this. Yet this bud invited me to contemplate on its existence. 

A sharp contrast of yellow in a common overarching green. Its personality shining through already. A promise that it would be the best it could and that it is already on that path. A raw energy of positive ambition that it would be, that it would see the light and shine with beauty as it was designed to do. 

I could see, lying subtly within, what would become the filaments of the flower. I could see the bundled-up petals that would soon unfurl into delicate shades and hues. I likened it to a baby or a child, full of hidden talents, developing as it grows, flourishing and blooming into a beautiful adult. Revealing its magic at every stage. Thriving and bringing happiness, beauty and hope to the world, just like this bud, that stood strong, satisfied and solo. 

What do you see when you look at this scene?

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The contrast of colour in this shot is extraordinary. Loud, overarching and explosive red against a placid and subtle quiet of the almost colour-less sand. Yet the petals of the flower are gentle and captivating. The tiny specks of sand on some of the petals give a sense of connection and acceptance between them. 

This photo is an encapsulation of love. 

It can look and feel overpowering at first but once you get to look closer, the familiarity that reigns within a few seconds, tones down the madness. Contrasts and opposites live within love. 

A boldness in emotion and a gentleness in expression. A scary but comforting notion. 

Bewilderment that goes hand in hand with familiarity. 

Fast-paced and slow. 

Highs and lows. 

Excitement and monotony. 

Just think of any way that you would describe love, and instantly you will find that the opposite applies too. 

Petals sheltering sand granules. Protection and nurturing in the heart of nature. 

This photo expresses different types of love. Romantic passion. Parental nurturing. Familial protection. Friends connecting. Humanity. 

Then there are other loves. An outwardly greater love that goes beyond us. A love for notions and ideals. A love for the inanimate. A love for a good cause. And the greatest love of all, a love for God. 

Love is much deeper than just the romantic kind. 

We all have people (and animals for some of us) in our life who care about us and whom we care about in return, but there is also a much greater love. Think about that for a second. The joy in being able to experience happiness is love granted to us unconditionally. And with love comes gratitude which brings with it more love. It’s an endless beautiful cycle.

A deep velvet red that evokes warmth and harmony. A shade that can come across as bold and uncaring, in fact brings with it a sense of celebration and joy, against the soft and calming nature of the sand. The privilege in being able to experience and capture this shot in itself is an expression of love.

When you look at this photo which type of love do you see? 

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Red flower on sand


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