Saturday, May 24, 2014

Today's Flowers and I Heart Macro 5/24/14

For Saturday's photo prompts Today's Flowers and I Heart Macro:

Scroll down for a Memorial Day poem for Open Link Monday's writing prompt for 5/26/14.

 
Found this single plant at a garden center yesterday.
It wasn't labeled, so I didn't know what it was.
However, I was looking at another blog this morning and saw a much

smaller pink flower just like this.  It was identified as an
Aquilegia-columbine.  These blooms were each about 4-5 inches across. 

For Open Link Monday there is no specific theme for a poem, but on 5/26/14 it was suggested that one might choose to write about Memorial Day. I find Memorial Day and Veterans' Day the saddest of holidays, because war always seems futile to me.  Even if a war's purpose is honorable, too many lives are lost when humans resort to violence to settle their differences. Even if a battle is won, were the lost lives worth the outcome? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

I decided to use my photo of a columbine as a symbol, because the 5 violet petals suggest a star. Columbines reseed and therefore come back each spring to replace what was lost in the previous fall. I used it as a metaphor for the renewing of life, even of life lost in war.



SEEING STARS 
(Ode to a Columbine)

 The violet petals
In the shape of a star,
A memorial to those
Who fought vainly afar.
A white cup holds stamens
To erase battle's scar,
Renewing life's flora
Lost in unvarnished war.


16 comments:

Sara Chapman in Seattle USA said...

This is a very pretty columbine. They are easy to grow in a shade garden and sometimes reseed (you get volunteers). Nice image!

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a beauty!

Judy said...

Wow!!! 4-5 inches!!! I mostly see the wild columbines, and they are less than 2 inches... And I love the colour of yours, too!

Karen said...

A favourite of mine! Terrific shot of this beauty.

Barbara said...

Lovely photo. I love how you captured the texture of the petals. Yes, you are correct, this is a columbine!

Katie @ Life With The Crew said...

Yes, it is a columbine. They are so delicate! They will self seed and spread in the garden (but not like a weed) - it a good way!

CJ said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I used to have columbines in my garden, but they were much smaller and didn't look exactly like this one, so it confused me when I saw such large flowers at the garden center. They were huge!

Karen said...

Beautiful close up.

Arija said...

You are quite right although I prefer their older common name of 'Grandma's Bonnets'.
They are such pretty spring flowers.

pixiedusk said...

This is the first time that i saw this flower and it looks beautiful =) #IHeartMacro

Hannah said...

I like the single columbines with their long spurs, and the blue color is lovely. Blue flowers are so rare. I like being able to see a little into the spur at the top of the white petals. The Rocky Mountain Columbines have this color.

Laura said...

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

Rebecca said...

Such a delicate flower.

Felicia said...

beautiful, may be a type of columbine but its just plain gorgeous. TFS.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thank you for sharing your piece on Real Toads. You have created a striking comparison here between the flower and the spirit of Memorial Day.

Pat's Addition said...

Nice tie in with Memorial Day. The columbine does reflect the spirit of the day.