Beautiful imperfection

The crocuses come early – even before the snows have finished.

Some are lovely in their vibrant perfection,

Round cups that fill with light.

They are here to remind us that spring is near.

But my favourite crocuses are the ones

That speak of the struggle to push up through the soil;

They are covered in earth;

They are tatty and battered

But there is a fierce beauty

In their vulnerability

As they gracefully bow down like petalled lampshades.

They are here to remind us of life:

Our fragility, our broken wings, our beauty.

For more imperfect perfection, please visit: Our World.

105 responses

  1. j’en ai aussi pris des clichés sur les crocus

    May 7, 2012 at 15:55

  2. Beautiful – the pics and the words.

    May 7, 2012 at 15:56

  3. I appreciate the wonderful color on a rainy and grey morning here LadyFi.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:02

  4. amazing shots Fiona. my fave is that last one, in its bow-down, with the glow on the edges of the petals. happy day to you Lady Fi.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:12

  5. Such great macros! Love the detail of the petals, like seeing “veins” running through!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:12

  6. Wonderful photos and words to match!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:19

  7. The words are as beautiful as the flowers!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:20

  8. Pat

    What a beautiful post!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:21

  9. Beautiful colors, delightful flowers and, oh, such wise and wonderful words for the day! Thank you for a great start to my day!!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:22

  10. Beautiful post!!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:26

  11. Lovely color and shape. Thanks for this beautiful summer shot!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:51

  12. kpulsipher

    I wish I could get those to bloom at my house!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:55

  13. lovely color…

    May 7, 2012 at 16:56

  14. Beautiful indeed.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:56

  15. Sigh. Ladyfi. You have a wonderful eye. (okay I’ll stop doing poetry from now on hehe)

    May 7, 2012 at 16:58

  16. but they are fiercely beautiful…i like to think that of people as well…those you can look at and they are just struggling to push through…yeah there is beauty there as well…sometimes we have to remind them of it…

    May 7, 2012 at 17:26

  17. I love the message and the photos delight the eyes. hello, lady fi! :)

    May 7, 2012 at 17:27

  18. Excellent attention to detail, focal depth of field, and color. Marvelous photography skills you have. As usual, the words, while minimalist, convey the emotion of spirit of the photos. Well done.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:36

  19. TexWisGirl

    gorgeous. you made them perfect.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:38

  20. They are beautiful and love the veins on the petals!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:54

  21. JM

    Gorgeous macro shots!

    May 7, 2012 at 18:10

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  23. jbcuvelier

    Fiona, this is lovely! How often do we humans feel the same way. We are so connected in many ways.

    May 7, 2012 at 18:22

  24. Beautiful colors and words!

    May 7, 2012 at 18:23

  25. Thanks for these reminders that perfection is not required to have beauty. Your photos (and words) are filled with beauty.

    May 7, 2012 at 19:21

  26. Beautiful shots of the crocuses. I also particularly like spring flowers that show the struggle they have been through to rise up through the elements.

    May 7, 2012 at 19:26

  27. they are sooo pretty :)

    May 7, 2012 at 20:34

  28. I really like these photos, beautiful flowers, textures and exquisite colors.

    May 7, 2012 at 20:37

  29. Scriptor Obscura

    Wow. Gorgeous photos!!! :)

    May 7, 2012 at 20:46

  30. Bob

    Lovely flowers photos.

    May 7, 2012 at 20:53

  31. Great photos of lovely subjects!

    May 7, 2012 at 21:37

  32. I really do enjoy how you look at the world.

    May 7, 2012 at 22:54

  33. Fiona, I get what you mean when you speak of a fierce beauty in their vulnerability. I can see that. Beautiful to look at.

    May 7, 2012 at 23:02

  34. Amy

    Great macro shots Fi…are they different types of crocuses? I have the all purple kind in my garden but I love the striped ones :-)

    May 7, 2012 at 23:14

  35. It takes a long while to learn to see beauty in imperfection. It’s harder yet to see it in people.

    May 7, 2012 at 23:17

  36. imac

    A wonderful perfect match your words and photos.

    May 7, 2012 at 23:30

  37. Absolutely gorgeous!

    May 8, 2012 at 00:13

  38. ***Our fragility, our broken wings, our beauty.***

    Your blog is about so much more than photography, Lady Fi. Xxx

    May 8, 2012 at 00:18

  39. Yes, Fiona – another gorgeous selection of shots with appropriate accompanying text. Thanks for sharing and visiting.

    May 8, 2012 at 00:31

  40. Incredible colour! :-)

    May 8, 2012 at 00:40

  41. Blond Duck

    It looks like watercolor flowers!

    May 8, 2012 at 02:34

  42. Nancy

    Looks like perfection to me. :) Beautiful!

    May 8, 2012 at 02:43

  43. The lines on the flowers are such beautifully captured!

    May 8, 2012 at 02:48

  44. The fighters are wonderful. Love this!

    May 8, 2012 at 02:49

  45. onceupona

    ah! My favorite flower, framed so beautifully and with poignant words. Thank you!

    May 8, 2012 at 03:35

  46. They are beautiful whether covered in earth or not. Gorgeous shots.

    May 8, 2012 at 04:02

  47. fierce, filled with light, vulnerable – LOVELY!

    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    >

    May 8, 2012 at 06:16

  48. Beautiful flowers, and great captures.

    May 8, 2012 at 06:52

  49. Beautiful flowers and photos, very nice series

    May 8, 2012 at 07:21

  50. Last picuture really looks like a lampshade. I love that!

    May 8, 2012 at 07:23

  51. Beautiful flowers. I love this color on the flowers very much.

    May 8, 2012 at 07:42

  52. Elephant's Child

    Just glorious. Though snowdrops are out on this side of the world – three months early.

    May 8, 2012 at 08:23

  53. Wow beautiful

    wonderful capture

    thanks

    May 8, 2012 at 09:29

  54. They are just gorgeous Fi … Music to my eyes.

    May 8, 2012 at 09:40

  55. Great world Lady Fi!
    Love the colors…
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

    May 8, 2012 at 09:54

  56. indrani

    Fierce beauty indeed!
    Great shots.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:48

  57. I love imperafection. :)

    May 8, 2012 at 11:59

  58. I think its important to notice and appreciate imperfection – if you don’t, how else will you find beauty when you see it?

    (or something like that!)

    Stewart M

    May 8, 2012 at 12:54

  59. Wonderful, mirroring the struggles that we all go through.

    May 8, 2012 at 13:58

  60. Such a beautiful post……

    May 8, 2012 at 14:00

  61. what a lovely purple. I love all of them.

    May 8, 2012 at 14:28

  62. Glorious – and as you say, even the “tatty” ones have their own beauty!

    May 8, 2012 at 15:20

  63. Tres belles fleurs et une belle couleur

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    May 8, 2012 at 15:28

  64. What stunning captures of light and contrasts, the purple is so vivid and lovely.

    May 8, 2012 at 16:22

  65. They are perfect – in any and every state. As are your photographs and thoughts! (And on a prosaic level, I really loved seeing them, because crocuses (croci?) are yet another spring flower that we don’t get in Florida (but used to have when we lived in Oregon.)

    May 8, 2012 at 16:56

  66. A very beautiful flower in our world !

    May 8, 2012 at 16:58

  67. Jeevan

    They are pretty still and so beautiful! Liked the patterns on the petals.

    May 8, 2012 at 17:13

  68. Riet

    What beautiful photo’s . I love crosusses.

    May 8, 2012 at 19:27

  69. Lovely as usual! I especially like the white and purple striped. I’ll have to see if I can find that one as I would like to have that in my yard. They are determined, but well worth the effort when they reveal that kind of beauty.

    May 8, 2012 at 20:07

  70. Wonderful images, and words of insight, well said.

    May 8, 2012 at 20:55

  71. Lovely colours…..great shoots

    May 8, 2012 at 22:06

  72. dianne7777

    they are beautiful
    all of them but the ones that struggle do have an extra light about them

    wonderful post

    May 9, 2012 at 00:56

  73. Hello! Just got back from my break in Birmingham ;)

    May 9, 2012 at 01:23

  74. Al

    Fantastic shots, you’ve captured the crocuses delicate perfection wonderfully.

    May 9, 2012 at 03:01

  75. Love purple and the way you make the croc(i) seem human.

    May 9, 2012 at 05:14

  76. You found the beauty in “broken” and pointed out a struggle to be “born” that I hadn’t considered.

    May 9, 2012 at 05:54

  77. Wonderful shots! Reflecting our own lives and the struggles associated with it…

    My Yatra Diary…

    May 9, 2012 at 08:59

  78. absolutely gorgeous flower shots!
    thanks for the enchatment!

    xo

    p.s.loving your stunning photography!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:15

  79. have a great day!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:17

  80. Brummie isn’t that bad. ;)
    Bits of it look like Manchester, Liverpool, etc.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:31

  81. Those crocusses look nice Fi. All early spring flowers look nice with their promise of warmer weather and sunshine, I think – Dave

    May 9, 2012 at 12:03

  82. Underbara är alla dessa vårblommor! Man får verkligen frossa i dem nu (förutom idag då regnet öser ner här)

    May 9, 2012 at 14:25

  83. fromsophiesview

    Crocii are my favourite…love the Siberian type….I now have many many pictures! Surprise!

    May 9, 2012 at 16:03

  84. A beautiful post, Fiona – the accompanying poetry is lovely too. You’ve made me look at crocuses differently now!

    May 9, 2012 at 16:07

  85. Lovely Crocus. It must be spring there now, hopefully your snow has become just spring rain! We finally got some nice rain yesterday, it was long overdue:)

    May 9, 2012 at 17:07

  86. Beautiful flowers, magical and delicate colours. I am greeting

    May 9, 2012 at 17:34

  87. Oh darlin’, ya captured those beauties perfectly!!! It truly must be spring. I can’t believe it was a whoopin’ 44 here this mornin’! Burrrrrr!

    God bless ya and enjoy your day sweetie!!! :o)

    May 9, 2012 at 17:43

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    May 9, 2012 at 17:43

  89. Really beautiful. ♥

    May 9, 2012 at 18:53

  90. Blond Duck

    Happy Wednesday!

    May 9, 2012 at 22:15

  91. Fabulous photos!

    May 10, 2012 at 00:48

  92. Photographed poetry…

    May 10, 2012 at 04:46

  93. So brilliant, and colorful. I just love them…

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    May 10, 2012 at 06:10

  94. some times I take imperfect flowers too.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:54

  95. Exquisite blend of words and images. Such beauty and sensitivity. You are a very special person, my friend. Thank you for continuing to inspire me.

    May 10, 2012 at 17:41

  96. beautiful macros!!

    May 10, 2012 at 18:16

  97. Wonderful to see that the crocuses are blooming overthere.
    Overhere in the Netherlands they are long gone …
    Enjoy your springtime!

    May 10, 2012 at 21:10

  98. Stunners!

    May 11, 2012 at 04:40

  99. We learn while observing nature. Thanks for sharing.

    May 11, 2012 at 09:27

  100. Maery Rose

    As I play catchup, each of your posts touches my heart and mind with beauty. Thank you

    May 14, 2012 at 19:15

  101. Crocuses are wonderful. I like to see them arrive usually when there is still snow on the ground. A sure sign that Spring is n’t too far away.

    May 15, 2012 at 17:45

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