Finding the meridian between nostalgia and self-pity with flowers

by Stefan Fletcher June. 23, 2009 5012 views

It occurred to me today, as I was desperately looking for excuses not to pack up more of my life in grotty cardboard boxes, that what I really needed to do was post pictures of flowers.

It dawned on me that contemplating carpets of spring flowers in Greece was something I wasn't going to do anymore. Snif, snif. Their rarity in this arid, increasingly desertified country made them all the more precious to me. And I realised that I hadn't fulfilled a long-standing dream, which is to enjoy wild tulips on the island of Chios, one of my favourite places in the world. (They flower in spring and we are now resolutely in summer.) I had this fantasy of getting up late at night, driving through the wild landscape with Scarlatti sonatas playing loudly and finding a spot to watch the tulips welcome the dawn.

And then I remembered that where I intend to live is 41 km (about 25 miles, thank you, Google maps) from Grasse, the flower capital of the world. All those images of Provence are going to mine, all mine, ha ha!

If you're curious about the location, I strongly recommend reading Patrick Süskind's The Scent (my German-speaking friends here can enjoy it in the original) and/or watching the British film adaptation.

Unlike this post [], these are ‘naturally’ composed, although one or two reposts may have snuck in.

I'll do Chios next year - and enjoy it all the more as a tourist.

Back to my boxes…

If you read the text below, you'll find that the lavender above refers to Grasse, the flower capital of the world. The following images are more or less organised by colour.

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Teo 11 years, 11 months ago

#14 and #15 just amaze me. absolutely beautiful.

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Piyali 11 years, 11 months ago

Stunning flowers--rarely see you posting them, No#1 is quite dreamy!! Good luck with those boxes..

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gillian 11 years, 11 months ago

The composition of no 9 is my favourite from this flowery bunch.

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David Swatton 11 years, 11 months ago

Good set - and you know, one of the things I like about sites like Photoblog is the different perspectives people have about places... all good tips for future places to visit. Chios sounds wonderful.

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Hong S 11 years, 11 months ago

Those are really pretty shots,, Hope I can be one of them...

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Alexandra Pechabadens 11 years, 11 months ago

Wah you are going to live in Provence!
J'en reviens!
Ca alors!
He ben, pour quelqu'un qui detestait les photos de fleurs sur photoshop, tu es toi-meme douee pour ca! Bravo!
Faut que j'y aille, assez deconne la dessus avec mes poupees, il faut aller faire la taxe.

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Thebronzebow 11 years, 11 months ago

Lovely! the poppy the abstract of #7 and the last are my favs. I envy you Provence and Grasse for the scent as well. Scent is at least half the delight in my book!

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Jarvo J 11 years, 11 months ago

Happy boxing day!
Wonderful pictures. Especially the poppy, I saved that as a favourite - this is good because it is a rare thing for me to save flower pics as faves.

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Tomie Poodle 11 years, 11 months ago

une belle série! la une te la 10 me plaisent vraiment!

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marsha 11 years, 11 months ago

THIS is a truly exceptional set - absolutely gorgeous. Too many favorites for me to list - they're all fantastic.

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Kecskemétiné Nelli 11 years, 11 months ago

Oh, I hope you will flood your blog with landscapes full of lavender!! =D I just love it. And tulips, too, because I'm an April child and I always got tulips for my birthday, and always had some in the garden.

I hope you wait future changes as much as I do. =)))

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
Christina Peach 11 years, 11 months ago

wow, your work is absolutely amazing.
these shots are beyond gorgeous.
lovely, lovely, lovely.

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Judith 11 years, 11 months ago

These are gorgeous! I'm so glad that you quit packing to share your photos!

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
Taniamindi 11 years, 11 months ago

very beautiful! specically #9 and #12! gorgeous

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
Soulcurry 11 years, 11 months ago

Wow!!! Purty flarz!

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