Twinned Tulips by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

May 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

"Like tulip-beds of different shape and dyes, bending beneath the invisible west-wind's sighs."

~ Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), 'The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan'.

Diverging Twin Tulips (Select Any Image or Title To See In A Larger Format)

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Tulips have been a lifelong fascination. My mother was the second generation of a Dutch family born in the United States and had a love of tulips. She passed very near a score of years ago, so my affinity strengthens every spring. Since my mother's passing, I learned of our ancestral familial connection to tulip bulbs and their trade from the Ottoman Empire to Holland

So on a day that we are making a regular stop, we see some tulips and I let my thoughts drift to my mother. They drift further back to the fields in the Frisian areas. I consider the diaries of those Dutch relatives of World War II who ate precious tulip bulbs to survive.

So as the sky darkened and threatened to rain upon us, I am struck by how the light generated drama in these flowers. And thoughts of my mother and the past mix with this beautiful springtime flower. And as I observe that there are so many twinned together, and the sense of past and present heightens. 

Pair Of Tulips In Red

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Two Tulips Together
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Diverging Twinned Tulips

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Twin Tulip Hearts

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Two Bright Tulips Together

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