The prolific tulip fields of Holland originated out of the tulips brought there from the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) sometime in the late 16th century. There is a Turkish legend with different variations about a prince named Farhad and a princess Shirin. It is believed that Farhad killed himself upon hearing the fake news of the sudden demise of the princess and tulips bloomed from his blood.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific
Here I Am
All night, a man called “Allah”
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then the Devil said, “Hey! Mr Gullible!
How comes you’ve been calling all night
And never once heard Allah say, “Here, I am”?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I’ll tell you what. Nothing!”
The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met Abraham, who asked,
“Why are you regretting praising Allah?”
The man said, “ I called and called
But Allah never replied, “Here I am.”
Abraham explained, “Allah has said,
“Your calling my name is My reply.
Your longing for Me is My message to you.
All your attempts to reach Me
Are in reality My attempts to reach you.
Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me.
In the silence surrounding every call of “Allah”
Waits a thousand replies of “Here I am.”
~ Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening
The Power of a Smile
by Tupac Shakur
The power of a gun can kill
and the power of fire can burn
the power of wind can chill
and the power of a mind can learn
the power of anger can rage
inside until it tears u apart
but the power of a smile
especially yours can heal a frozen heart
Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile
“Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset” — Rumi
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set
The best quote for this theme is “my favorite place is in the arms of a loved one”, but Powell Gardens in the photo above is close. Especially when spring is blooming with azaleas, crocus, daffodils, forsythia, hyacinth, peonies, quince, dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias, tulips, and wisteria.
Later in the season there’s Unity Village's rose garden where there’s an abundance and variety of roses amongst the fountains and Mediterranean architecture. Another favorite.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place
"I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than
in church thinking about the mountains." — John Muir
Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be
"We are, each of us, our own prisoner.
We are locked up in our own story." - Maxine Kumin
"The picture alone, without the written word,
leaves half the story untold." - James Lafferty
Weekly Photo Challenge: Story