Blossoming Easter

My dear little Friends, Easter is approaching and this is the last week before a very important holiday that is celebrated this year at the same day by all Christians. Isn’t it great?

In Ukraine, last week before Easter is called Holy Week. This is a special week when people should find some harmony and peace with this world and with each other. No bad thoughts, no abusive language, no bad behavior, no alcohol, and etc. New beginnings come from endings, many people are able to draw a parable of their own lives and faith journey from the observances of Holy Week. We are given a chance to take a look around, to forgive and be forgiven, to experience the truth and honesty. Not even food restrictions are important as our souls purification.

The preparations for the Great Day are in full swing and many of you have a long to-do-lists. At this vanity of vanities I would like to come to your home as Easter Bunny and bring you some minutes of blossoming springtime I was lucky to observe during last weeks. Just click and relax:

“Easter is…
Joining in a birdsong,
Eying an early sunrise,
Smelling yellow daffodils,
Unbolting windows and doors,
Skipping through meadows,
Cuddling newborns,
Hoping, believing,
Reviving spent life,
Inhaling fresh air,
Sprinkling seeds along furrows,
Tracking in the mud.
Easter is the soul’s first taste of spring.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Happy forthcoming Easter! May you be blessed and loved!

Love you all,

Yours Film Director

Blooming Window

No blooms outside yet, but I’ve got mine inside. Dear Friends, my pleasure to share with you this blinding beauty, hope you are not afraid of bright happy colors:

Let your week be so joyful and beautiful as these flowers!

And what’s at your window? Any bloom?

Love you all,

Yours Crazy Director

Tulip Fever & Postcards Stories

Slow Down and Enjoy Your Life

Slow down and enjoy your life. It’s not only the security you miss by going too fast, but also where you are going and why.

Photohunting helps me to slow down and enjoy the moment I am chasing for. An every day almost routine life is too hectic and busy, you are lucky one to grab a minute and think about anything important or even silly, why not? Being able to do it I found myself staring at beautiful images of postcards. It seems to me that postcards have not their best time, since in the era of Internet who needs them. Why should we go to bookstore to pick up a postcard when we can easily do it with one mouse click? Moreover, why should we spend money on it? Postcards or greeting cards for every occasion are available for free in web. It is a pity, indeed. Since there is no link between you and a postcard anymore, you do not do it alone, there is an intermediary between you and your choice. And I even do not mention that fact that we forgot how to hold a pen in our hands, everything is typed. However, how about the originality of each handwriting? Typed letters look the same.  Yeah, there is much to ponder!

Painted Tulips

In 1861, John Charlton of Philadelphia created the first private postal card, called “Lipman’s Postal Card, Patent Applied For.” Government postcards came into the market in 1873. Postcards were novelties because of the pictures and designs that they used. In 1906, Eastman Kodak made a camera called the “Folding Pocket Camera” to create postcards out of photographs. Postcards were not used during World War I, as Germany was one of the main producers of postcards, and there were potential problems such as influenza epidemics spreading across country borders. However, advancing print technology brought about a new age of postcards after World War II. Postcards began to be printed in color, depicting pictures, historical buildings, national parks and exotic sceneries.

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Will you believe that there was even “postcarditis” infection caught by many people in the world? Every town, city, and state had their own promotional card; every family counting itself among the middle or upper classes displayed on the parlor table an album bulging with different images.  They believed that their city is the most beautiful!

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Every postcard is unique, especially made on your own. Many of you, my Friends, are very talented and professional photographers who make excellent shots, thus your wonderful photos can be easily put into a postcard frame and delivered around the world. It is a good marketing tool. A postcard is better than something in an envelope.  People are fast. We see and read very quickly – actually much more quickly than we even realize. With a postcard, even if prospects throw it away, they already saw your message regardless of whether they think they did or not. They saw it enough to either throw it away or keep it or respond to it.

Trio of Tulips

How many times a usual postcard or a greeting card was used to show your gratitude. Countless. It was long ago before Internet existed. Certainly it took a long way to send a postcard to anyone, but imagine happy faces when the postmen deliver an envelope or a package with something inside…

Strips Tulip

How can you be content to be in the world like tulips in a garden, to make your every day bright and be good for nothing…

Life is Beautiful

Hugs to all of you!

Yours Ann

Seasonal Postcard Series (Magnolias)

Wherever you travel to, I would love to receive a beautiful postcard.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Postcard Magnolia

The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.
Mary E. Pearson

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Hello, my dear little Friends, I have discovered  a new field for my inspiration – postcards. It is the unknown passion for me. I believe that postcards made with love is an artistic expression of our mind and heart. I would like to share with you mine! In case you like it and would like to have, let me know. Certainly the designer’s signatures and text can be deleted upon your request, and your own text will be added if required.

Postcard 2

“How lucky I am to see

The bloom of the white magnolia tree…”

Magnificent Magnolias

Oh beautiful Magnolia, you’re blossoming again.
It’s early Spring and there you are like you have always been.
Your glorious Spring time beauty is wondrous to behold,
But it is such a little while until your blossoms fold.

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It only seems a day or two from when you’re in full bloom
That petals start to flutter down and leave me with sad gloom
The reason I feel gloomy is that just once each year
I see your gentle beauty, then wait another year.

Pink Postcard

Upon this wondrous earth of ours are many lovely things.
In spring I marveled at the sights the kind your beauty brings.
Oh beautiful magnolia, you are by Heaven blessed.
Spring time has many wonders but you’re one of the best.

William M. Wismer
Postcards you can see
were designed by me
Happily inspired by a very beautiful tree…
Yours Ann

What Women Want?

Camelia

What Women Want? This question has been asked many times by different men and every time they could not find a proper answer. Am I right, guys? Although sometimes I ask this questions also, myself, and still no good reply. Yesterday was the International Women’s Day, however, perhaps you forgot about it and didn’t pay too much attention, or even you didn’t celebrate it. Nevertheless, I would like to try to find the answer to the well-known question that occupies every men’s head and comes to light every time when a woman again wants something…

Azaleas Feminitity

I believe that my photos about beautiful azaleas and camellias will be a wonderful accompaniment to my words, since flowers are like women, capricious, enchanted and extremely mysterious. We enjoy looking at them, but hardly know how to deal with them. How to keep their beauty, how to make them satisfied and happy. Sometimes the more we try, the worse it is. A simple care and love is not enough, there is necessary something more. And what is it, girls??? Let’s try to find out…

Azaleas

There are different women. Some of them want a rich husband who will provide them with a  castle, an expensive car, and a golden bank card. Maybe I am going to be cruel to you, ladies, (forgive me if you can) but I do not respect such women. They are similar to Barbies, dolls with a dollar sign instead of heart. Such dolls don’t feel anything, don’t do almost anything, except for sitting in spa saloons and gossiping. They are useless toys with angelic beautifully decorated faces that will fade as soon as money is over. I don’t envy men who have dolls at their homes. Surely, money can do wonders and dolls could be kept always in their best shape, but time is merciless even to them. ” A rose will bloom and then will fade, so does youth…” (song from Romeo and Juliet film by Franko Zeffirelli, highly recommend you). A very bright image haunts me from yesterday…let us imagine a young girl in high heels and a young man with a big wallet in his hand (and a bouquet of roses) are walking hand in hand…for a first glance it looks pretty romantic and my eyes enjoy the view…seconds later I recognize that a girl hardly walks in these shoes, it is not that easy for her, but she cannot wear more comfortable shoes that do not suit her dress (no, no way)…and a man, he wears his best jeans taken somewhere from a shelf entitled “for special occasions” and proudly keeps his BIG wallet in his hand as a symbol of I-will-do-wonders-be -kind-to-me-tonight…do you still believe that their relationship is based on feelings? Nah…

Red Azaleas

On the other hand, there are women so-called warriors, who can stop a galloping horse, enter a house on fire, and who know exactly what do they want from their life. If you meet such a woman, then consider yourself a damn lucky guy. These women are diamond cut jewels, grab them and hug tightly. I do not joke, I am deadly serious. Unfortunately, I don’t belong to this category, but I know such women exist. By the way, many Ukrainian women fall into this category. The most brilliant example is Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian military pilot, who was kidnapped and from the Ukrainian territory to Russia in Summer 2014. She is being used by Russia as a symbol of power over other nations. Savchenko is accused of involvement in the deaths of two Russian journalists READ “while defending her country against Russian invasion”. For that Russian prosecutors demand 23 years in prison for Nadiya Savchenko although the case against her is fake. Nadiya stopped drinking and is on dry hunger protest since last Friday. One little lady threw down a gage to Russian imperialistic machine. She has already won by being a staunch fighter for her freedom. That is the example I would like to follow and you?

Great Camellia

How about women who are alone like this flower, but they are still decisive and do not give up. Just look around and you come across so many of them. Life fed them to the lions. They fight tooth and nail. They are often without husband or any men, since they are usually too strong. Men can be too scared of such women, but that’s another topic…

White Azaleas

The most of all I would like to consider a woman as a personality who has her own wishes and demands. She is a person, a human being with her ups and downs. And what a usual human being wants? I guess the same simple things…It is not that complicated as it may seem. In fact, it is pretty easy. We are all human beings and we should respect each other. Sometimes I feel that respect and mutual understanding as well as ability to listen are the key factors to the problem “what do WE want?”. I used “we” because no matter of sex we are all very capricious creatures who frequently do not know WHAT DO THEY WANT? What do you think, my sweet little Friends???

  Enchanted

 Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Yours Ann

Earth Surprises Us in Orchids

Earth really surprises us in orchids, am I right? Orchids are one of the most beautiful and unusual flowers. Just look at their peculiar shape and structure. At the top of a very long body you can find such lovely, smiling heads that are looking at you and say “hello” to you! They are charming…Orchids will always make us look, make us smile and remind us of the pure awesomeness of nature. I was lucky this week to visit a small exhibition of orchids at one of our Botanical Gardens. In the middle of winter I happened to be in an exotic place with a temperature above twenty and a high humidity (orchids like), which means that I could turn the calendar and found myself at summer! I also have orchids at home and I do know that growing them takes a lot of time and patience. They are so capricious like girls. Don’t you think so, my sweet girls? It seems that my post today will be more interesting to my female audience, since flowers are our best friends (yeah, I paraphrased a bit). And maybe because tomorrow will be St. Valentine’s Day, which is a special day when many women can get many, many flowers and boxes of chocolates. Although, my ladies, don’t you think that we deserve to get flowers not only once a year, but every day. Would you like to hear a confession? I DO NOT like this holiday. You may call me unromantic and cynic, but I cannot agree with the idea that love should be celebrated only once in a year, which means that we are in love only this day and what about the next one? You woke up next day and find no flowers, no breakfast in bed, and your dear gentleman snores loudly? That’s all, romance is over, time to go to kitchen and make breakfast…don’t you recognize the picture? I bet!

White Orchids

Anyway, it’s up to you to celebrate or not! I would not like to spoil your romantic mood. I just share with you my thoughts. Let’s get back to orchids. I was wondering what does their name mean? Don’t you know? Aw…As I found out orchid literary means “testicles” because of the shape of its root. Can you believe it? Ladies, do you know what testicles are…oh, somebody is blushing now. If you don’t know, check in the dictionary and you will understand why I am smiling now! Definitely, I choose the right topic for today’s post. From my pictures we cannot see their root, so let’s believe it’s the truth!

Once I look at the orchids and I see some similarity with a human face. Am I a freak? To some extend yet, but let us look closer! It’s not only my observations.  An orchid has bilateral symmetry — like a human face — so if a line is drawn vertically down the middle of the flower, the two halves are mirror images of each other.

Red Orchids

When someone looks at an orchid, it looks back at you, just like at this moment! Hello to you, babes! By the way, are there any men yet? Haloo. If you do not know yet how to surprise the lady of your heart tomorrow, think about orchids. It can be a great present, trust me. Choose nice color and make your lady happy. And she can make you happy too…later…you know what I mean! And you might prepare a lovely compliment for your lady and compare her beauty with a bewitched flower!

Yellow Orchids

You know, I do like experimenting and changing the formats of my posts. Thus, I would like to interrupt our sweet talk about orchids for some minutes and change the subject. Recently, I have been nominated for Creative Blogger Award by Laura Lecce from my colorful view of the world and I would like to thank her for that honor. Honestly, I am very thankful for any mentioning of my blog and your comments, and I cannot leave it without any reply. Though I prefer breaking all possible rules, at least, here. Don’t worry, fellows, my nominations are always for all of you, if I start counting it will take too much time. According to the rules I should mention 5 unknown facts about myself. Oh my, I thought I would not find so many. You have already  found out a lot about me and how can I be a mysterious lady for you after that. I will loose my charm and anonymity! That’s why I decided to ask you, what do you what to know? In case, there are any interesting questions, please feel free and ask me in your comments. But be sensible, I will answer only intriguing questions! Joking! Thank you, dear Laura, for this award! You are a wonderful friend!

Violet Orchids

Oh, and again lovely orchids. They are so different and so captivating. I know there are people who like them so much that they even talk to them. However, I guess it is not bad to talk to flowers, since they are alive creatures. We should greet them and touch their leaves, which can help us to understand whether they feel good themselves or not, whether their atmosphere is appropriate for them or not, whether it is enough warm or not. Orchids need a lot of attention and care. But when they are blooming, they look gorgeous. I think they know about it!

Spotty Orchids

Dear Ladies, if you do not have an orchid at one of your windowsills, then you have to give a hint to your loved one. These flowers are born to beguile woman’s eyes. They should be in your flower garden and you should admire them every day! Put aside your vacuum cleaner or frying pans, and take a comfortable position next to your computer screen! Welcome ORCHIDS!

Dark Orange Orchids

Have a love weekend! And not only one weekend, but each of the following!

Yours Ann

 

 

During the Drive or After the Kiss

Red Thoughts

And so Eros kissed Rose and his kiss was very needy and hungry. Rose has been kissed several times, but this time it was very different. Fortunately for Rose it did not last too long. Eros felt that he looses his control and he awkwardly stopped it. He silently looked at her and stepped back. Rose felt dizzy. Several seconds became like long hours for both of them. They just stood and stared wide-eyed at each other. Eros could not recall  more embarrassing moment in his entire life. He wished the earth could swallow his up. Nevertheless, he understood that somebody should be brave enough to stop this delusion and since it was exactly his fault, he decided to take the control.

“I…I suppose we have to come back, it’s getting late”, murmured Eros and headed towards the car. Rose did not respond, she just followed him and could not think logically. She even could not remember where they are and what day it is. She felt stupid and childish…She obediently sat to the car and they started going back. Since their journey was in total silence when one could hear a pin drop, Rose and Eros felt themselves better and each of them lost in their thoughts…

Rose looked at the window and saw a breathtaking view between the mountains.

 Breathtaking Mountains

Her heart jumped for delight. She loved this place so much. It was a response to her blood call. Rose was half-Ukrainian, her mom Svetlana was Ukrainian. She knew Ukrainian as well as English and visited this charming country many times. As fate has willed she came back to her country together with family. Due to all the mess with her position and arrangements she forgot how much she wanted to come back here. Now she is here and she felt stupidly happy. Ukraine is not the most stable country in the world and people live here poorly, Rose knew it very well. Her grandparents stayed here and their situation can be called pretty difficult if not the support provided by her mom. Svetlana did her best to support her parents financially and her husband helped her. Svetlana, a typical Ukrainian girl from Kiev, has never expected that she will be a wife of such a respectable young diplomat. Her dancing career “led” her directly to his arms. As soon as David Spice saw her he knew that she is going to be his wife. It was a fairytale ending with happy ever after. Later fairytale was over and as it is said by Lev Tolstoy “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – Spices also went through different times, but they survived due to their “spice” skills. A spicy mixture of British traditionalism and Ukrainian kindness.

Ukrainian Couple

And here again a very beautiful landscape, Rose could not tear herself away from the picture…

Between the Mountains

as well as Eros…though Eros was a typical British man, he also liked this country. He has been traveling a lot; however, he has never seen such powerful mountains and magical waterfalls. Waterfall

This picturesque waterfall is located in 7 kilometers from Skole town. This is a very popular destination among the tourists, as it is also a geological nature monument. It is located on the river Opir among the dense Carpathian forest. Waterfall’s cascade falls into a small natural pool where tourists like to swim. However, the water is pretty cold…

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Every time Eros drove on serpentine roads through forests along the rivers and magnificent yellow fields he felt himself so excited and so right like at home. He felt as if he belonged here, to this blue and yellow island…

 UA

The flag of Ukraine consists of two equal sized horizontal stripes – the top stripe is light blue and the bottom one is yellow. The blue half represents peace, the sky above Ukraine and the country’s streams and the yellow represents prosperity and the color of the country’s wheat fields. The link between blue-and-yellow and Ukraine goes back to antiquity, well before the Christian era, “when yellow and blue prevailed in traditional ceremonies, reflecting fire and water”. Another possibility is that the color scheme comes from the coat of arms of the western city of Lviv, which features a yellow lion on a blue background. Country is full of blue and yellow colors wherever you look. Indeed, aside from the colors found in nature (sky, fields, leaves, trees, lakes, streams), even cars, trucks, trains, homes, bread containers, railway stations, corridors, are painted blue and yellow, not to mention that Ukrainian ladies prefer wearing blue and yellow nowadays. These are warm colors that give us something positive. Looking at the sky brings you comfort. I adore watching clouds which are in constant drift – eternal wanderers who had  passed days upon days, journeys without number.

Eternal Wanderer

 This emotional kiss with Rose remembered Eros how sweet life can be if there is a woman next to him. He almost forgot this amazing feeling. Surely he was not ready to change his life too much, but some interesting ideas appear in his head now. He wanted to give a chance to this new feeling…although he did not know yet that love affairs sometimes involve the odd flower out since every unknown flower can be sweeter than the tasted one…

Wild Flower

Both of then did not notice Lily and presence of a third person…they were too absorbed with each other…but Lily was there and now she felt so overwhelmed with what she saw that she hardly know what to do…

Summer Night Swimmers

To be continued!

Wish you many happy moments!

Stay in touch and let me know whether you like my story,

Yours Ann

Lilies Are Like Women

Lily Crown

I absolutely agree with Imam Ali who said that “Women are like flowers. They should be treated gently, kindly, and with affection.” Wasn’t he right, girls? Don’t we deserve it? I see many of you bowing your head now…surely, what can be more delicious than a flower or a maiden? Only a chocolate candy, I guess…joking! Nothing can please our eyes more than a gorgeous flower or a gorgeous woman…Lily is one of many flowers that can make us smile just by looking at it…let us get closer to it and enjoy the view!

Lily is one the most amazing and mysterious flower on the planet. To the ancient Greeks, the lily stood for tenderness, while early Christians used the lily as a symbol of purity. The lily was dedicated to the goddess Hera, the wife of Zeus. Legend has it that when Zeus fathered Hercules with the mortal woman Alceme, he wished his son to partake more fully of divinity. To this end he had the baby brought to Hera after he drugged her to sleep. He had the baby placed at her breast and Hercules nursed. Hera awoke in horrified surprise and flung the baby from her. Some of her milk gushed across the heavens and formed the milky way. A few drops fell to earth and from those drops sprang the first lilies.

Yellow Lilies

A girl who won’t let herself to be forgotten was Lily Crown. Her entire 23 years life was a real situation comedy. Even her birth was one of the most exciting things that her mom Marina has ever experienced. Lily came to this world by plane, literary speaking. She was born one month sooner and it happened during her mom’s flight to Ukraine. Flight attendants will never forget flight from London to Kiev. Lily always wondered  where exactly she was born in UK or UA, or in-between – one more problem for a woman who dealt with her birth certificate.

Rose Lilies

Her unlucky nature did not affect her appearance, Lily was a troublemaker, however, a very beautiful one. Her long-lashed eyes were green and bright with emotion. She looked like a sunrise in a lily garden. Her smile was radiant and warming, like the sun coming out from the clouds. Thick shining light brown hair was pulled back from her lovely little face to fail in curls on the shoulder.  Lily’s parents were quite prosperous people. Her dad Joshua was a very successful businessman who specialized in hotel management, whereas her mom was a consul in the UK Embassy in Kiev. Lily had an older brother Alex who has been working with her dad. Crowns were usual people at the first glance, the exception was only Lily. Her mom wanted to see her daughter more sociable and among friends, but Lily was a loner, she hardly can cope with people, not to talk about men. 

Pink Stargazer lilies symbolize wealth and prosperity.

Lilies in Bloom

Bad luck  always was on her side when any nice man showed up on the horizon. Once a man came to her and asked her something while she was on the beach and standing under open shower to clean her body from too salty Adriatic water and she was eager to answer him something…and at that moment she slipped and fell down so awkwardly that she lost her consciousness…the next thing she remembers was a hospital.

Yellow Crown

Another interesting fact about the lily is that it can be used for more than just room decor or a gift for a loved one. The oil extracted from lilies actually has been found to have healing and softening properties. The oil has been known to work well for cracked and dry skin.

Orange Lilies

An orange lily symbolizes passion.  A white lily traditionally symbolizes modesty and new beginnings.

Nevertheless, Lily wasn’t sad about her inability to become friends with people. I suppose she did not realize that she was unlucky, she just accepted it and devoted her life to her camera and shoot almost everything she caught. She was obsessed with film making and believed  she could be a good film director. Since she was unlucky to enter the appropriate faculty,  she studied business administration and became her mom’s personal secretary…but she did not forget about her dream…never. In the meantime she worked with her mom at the UK Embassy. And while being on vacation in L’viv and walking in the city center Lily accidentally saw…  Eros and Rose’s passionate kiss…she recognized Rose almost at once since they were studying in the same school and then university…their parents were good friends and Lily often played with Rose on the same playground…later though they did not communicate much, Rose was too popular, while Lily was attracting little attention at all. And now Lily was standing not so far from this strange couple and looking right at them…she was so startled that even forgot that her camera was switched on…

White Lilies

Lily might not be the same as lily flower and both of them may not have anything in common…just when I was looking at these lilies I imagined such a funny girl. Because flowers are like women, they are beautiful and capricious, they make this world more unpredictable, you never know what to expect from them! Don’t you think so?

To be continued!

Yours Ann

Rose Message

Rose Flirts

Eros Clumsy has a birthday today. He is thirty-five years of age, he was already a mature man in his prime, however, his personal life was locked in his computer in his room on the second floor. He still lives with his mom who cares after him and cooks him delicious meals. His mom Dolly devoted her life to her only wished,boy. Dolly was left on the shelf far too long, she was quite obstinate and could not find a good man for her. When at last she met a man who conquered her heart, she had to wait for her baby to be brought by a stork. Finally, this day has come and she gave a birth to a very handsome baby with huge blue eyes and long black eyelashes (envy of all girls). Eros was a truly nice baby, she has never had any troubles with him. She and her husband Tom lived a happy and prosperous life. Dolly had everything she dreamt of – a big house and nice family. Tom was a pilot, so his salary let him to satisfy all wife’s wishes. Anything Dolly would like to have – she received almost at once: car, jewelry, clothes and etc. They were a couple like from a Hollywood film, their life was too perfect and happy….but not too long. From one of his flights Tom did not come back….he died in an airplane crash…Eros was only 16th and his life changed forever. He had to become a grownup and took care about his mom. Maybe this was the main reason of his choice to stay a bachelor, his life did not belong to him anymore. He cannot complain about lack of women’s’ attention in his early twentieth, however, girls liked his appearance and he was looking for his soul mate. He never considered a girl only as a pretty picture, Eros wanted to know a woman as another person and discover her inner world. Yet women did not give him such a chance. He gave up and started to get used to the idea of eternal bachelor. Hm, Eros was exactly not enough smart though and not farsighted, he has no idea that exactly this moment one crazy and passionate woman with a tricky name Rose was going to come….and make a big mess!

Rose Thinks

At this usual day, almost in the end, Eros got a very unusual message where a girl named Rose greeted him with his birthday and invited to meet tomorrow afternoon in the local park. Eros was so confused, frustrated and flabbergasted that he almost could not move, so in this pose he accidentally fell asleep and saw...

fRose's Soul

HER – a woman or a flower who befuddled him with its smell that  is thought to be relaxing and restorative because it encourages him to breath deeply and slowly. Eros found himself walking through paths full of ROSES of various colors and shapes…ROSES were breathtakingly beautiful…and soo mysterious…

Garden of Roses

“The rose is a legend in it’s own. The story goes that during the Roman empire, there was an incredibly beautiful maiden named Rhodanthe. Her beauty drew many zealous suitors who pursued her relentlessly. Exhausted by their pursuit, Rhodanthe was forced to take refuge from her suitors in the temple of her friend Diana. Unfortunately, Diana became jealous. And when the suitors broke down her temple gates to get near their beloved Rhodanthe she also became angry, turning Rhodanthe into a rose and her suitors into thorns.”

Rose Enjoys Sky

Eros made several unsteady steps further…suddenly the still afternoon had become more torpid than before. Even the insects in this rose garden had ceased their droning buzz. The air was so sweet, full of aromas. A butter-colored sun beat down on the earth, which released its heat in rising shimmer. It was like being in a perfumed sauna, only he was not naked…

Roses Fly

The father of Botany Theophrastus (371-286 BC) first classified and identified plants. In his classic books Enquiry into plants and De Causis Plantarum (The causes of plants) he wrote about a “hundred-petaled rose” and called it centifolia (literally: hundred petals).”

Rose Feels

“Why white roses are so special is no mystery – it’s a myth. Perhaps it started with the Romans who believed white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell as she mourned the loss of her beloved Adonis. Myth also has it that Venus’ son Cupid accidentally shot arrows into the rose garden when a bee stung him, and it was the “sting” of the arrows that caused the roses to grow thorns. And when Venus walked through the garden and pricked her foot on a thorn, it was the droplets of her blood which turned the roses red.”

Roses in White

At that exact instant Eros caught a glimpse of her…again not sure a woman or a flower…tilting her head back she closed her eyes and let the sunlight spill across her face. She breathed deeply of the aromatic air, which was scented with delicious candies…

Roses Fall

She turned her head and looked at him directly…her stare was intense…his blue eyes looked more blue than usual reflecting the sky…

Roses in Color

He moved behind her, he tried to touch her hand…but wind blew his hand away…he could not touch and ensure that she was real…she seemed too perfect and so out-of-reach…and even if he could not touch her he felt so happy…

Roses in Yellow and White

Eros felt like the prince of the world. The sunlight painted stripes on her hair. He felt that light, so free. Joy bubbled from a feeling of a newfound friend…

Rose in Dream

Then he woke up…

Rose Drops

To be continued!

Ann