Laughing in flowers

Spring sent me a bouquet of tulips

As a reminder that rays of beauty

Are also important in this modern world

Of practicality.

Or in the words of Basho:
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. 

Spring also sent me a wonderful reminder

To stop, to wonder

And to take the time to smell the flowers.

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83 responses

  1. dianecayton

    Breathtaking photos! The color is so vivid and I really enjoyed them.

    May 21, 2012 at 15:42

  2. Gorgeous pics and lovely text.

    May 21, 2012 at 15:46

  3. Just perfect. ♥

    May 21, 2012 at 15:47

  4. stopping to take in the wonder is def important…what beautiful flowers as well…what gorgeous colors!

    May 21, 2012 at 15:50

  5. magical pictures!

    May 21, 2012 at 16:09

  6. ather lovely post

    May 21, 2012 at 16:45

  7. These photos are exquisite! My favorite is the beautiful smiling pup amidst the the smiling daffodils! Just gorgeous!

    May 21, 2012 at 16:50

  8. A great series of shots! Very charming indeed!! =)

    May 21, 2012 at 16:59

  9. Awww, your dog looks so happy laying amongst the flowers! Beautiful photos:)

    May 21, 2012 at 17:03

  10. TexWisGirl

    a happy pup among happy blooms. nothin’ better.:)

    May 21, 2012 at 17:21

  11. Exquisite captures and a beautiful, smiling lesson from Oscar!! Thank you!!

    May 21, 2012 at 17:21

  12. Beautiful, I love tulips and the photos are stunning. Even Oscar is having a good time, it seems…:)

    May 21, 2012 at 17:45

  13. Jeevan

    That’s so beautiful and gorgeously bloomed! Its a nature’s bouquet:)

    May 21, 2012 at 17:56

  14. Pat

    Beautiful, beautiful photos! Oscar looks like he’s smiling.
    Love the Basho quote.

    May 21, 2012 at 18:01

  15. Ahhh, My Heart Overflows w/ Gratitude for a big red dog named Oscar enveloped in yellow flowers. Xxx

    May 21, 2012 at 18:32

  16. Love the words about the Bells and Tulips. What a visual (or audial?) Great pic of your friendly looking dog.

    May 21, 2012 at 18:32

  17. And when we stop to smell the flowers the scent, and the beauty stays in our hearts as a memory.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    May 21, 2012 at 18:42

  18. Wow photos! And he seems to be enjoying himself…😉

    May 21, 2012 at 19:01

  19. Oscar does know the way😉

    May 21, 2012 at 19:25

  20. Beautiful colours, very photogenic dog. I am greeting

    May 21, 2012 at 19:51

  21. The tulips are gorgeous and I absolutely love the shot of your beautiful dog in the daffodils – narcissus. Fantastic post.

    May 21, 2012 at 20:04

  22. Lovely flowers, lovely thoughts and lovely Oscar!

    May 21, 2012 at 20:06

  23. Bob

    Nice Tulips, and I do love your dog, I used to have a dog that looks like yours, beautiful.

    May 21, 2012 at 20:15

  24. You gave me smiles on this hectic, frazzled day I am having. Just beautiful!

    May 21, 2012 at 20:45

  25. Lovely work, Lady Fi. That last shot is precious!

    May 21, 2012 at 21:12

  26. Beautiful tulips, but Oscar is the most beautiful of all. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    May 21, 2012 at 21:47

  27. Beautiful Tulips. But, I love the last shot.

    May 21, 2012 at 21:54

  28. Beautiful tulips. The last photo of Oscar from the flowers is really beautiful.

    May 21, 2012 at 21:56

  29. Gorgeous photos, LadyFi. :)

    May 21, 2012 at 22:17

  30. Oscar är toppen!! Great pictures…I have to plant more tulips to next year…I do a lot of garden work too but I need more time ..

    May 21, 2012 at 22:38

  31. sandy

    This has got to me one of my favorite posts ever!
    Thank you!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 22:39

  32. Lovely!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 23:19

  33. I’m verklempt with all the beauty. Wonderful shots!!

    Speaking of hearing the sounds of flowers, my husband was sitting on the patio and heard a pop. He looked up just as a hibiscus flower opened. He didn’t know if the sound was connected to the bloom opening, but it sure felt like it to him.

    May 21, 2012 at 23:20

  34. Thank You for sharing these beautiful rays of beauty with us Fi ….. Delightful pics.

    May 21, 2012 at 23:43

  35. Love the gorgeous tulips, your photos are amazing. And Oscar looks so cute laying in the field of flowers. Great shots. Have a wonderful week!

    May 21, 2012 at 23:47

  36. beautiful shape of the petals on the last tulip.:)

    May 21, 2012 at 23:53

  37. jbcuvelier

    Lovely shades of tulips Fiona! And I can ‘hear’ the flowers rejoicing again!
    Oscar knows what he has to do…… smart ‘words’ for him to read and understand.

    May 22, 2012 at 00:13

  38. Great color. I love tulips. Loved the quotes and Oscar looks very comfortable and handsome in the flowers.

    May 22, 2012 at 00:18

  39. Oscar knows what’s most mportant. The color of those tulips is yummy!

    May 22, 2012 at 01:32

  40. These are beautiful photos, but I especially like your last one.

    May 22, 2012 at 01:34

  41. indrani

    Wow! Lovely captures.

    May 22, 2012 at 02:39

  42. Thanks for that portrait of Oscar with all these gorgeous flowers.

    May 22, 2012 at 02:49

  43. Hi There, I love your Tulip photos and the last one with your pup and the Daffodils…. Awesome!!!!! Can’t believe ours came and went so quickly this spring…. Seems like time is flying the older I get!!!! Dang it! ha


    May 22, 2012 at 02:57

  44. That has got to be my favorite photo of Oscar ever!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 03:34

  45. Thank you. I loved the tulips – and who could not love Oscar and the daffodils. Weirdly, our jonquils are out already.

    May 22, 2012 at 04:05

  46. onceupona

    Beautiful flowers! I just love spring!

    May 22, 2012 at 05:01

  47. That was a riot of colors:)

    May 22, 2012 at 05:34

  48. Wow beautiful images!

    May 22, 2012 at 05:51

  49. breathtaking flowers! And they do look like our temple bells:-)

    May 22, 2012 at 06:11

  50. Helt underbara vårbilder. Min favvis blir förstås den sista!

    May 22, 2012 at 07:13

  51. This photo is so beautiful:-) lovly flowers!

    May 22, 2012 at 08:16

  52. Lovely tulips and daffodils Fi. You dog enhances the daffodil photo – Dave

    May 22, 2012 at 10:00

  53. The last shot just said it all!!:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    May 22, 2012 at 10:36

  54. Oscar surrounded by his new smiling “friends”.:)

    May 22, 2012 at 11:16

  55. What glorious flowers! I wonder would Wordsworth have got so excited about daffodils if he’d seen some of those tulips?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:34

  56. jcosmonewbery

    Half your colourful luck!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:47

  57. Really beautiful tulipe. Great.:)

    May 22, 2012 at 13:18

  58. There are many beautiful tulips in your photos. It makes me happy. I did not know this Bassho’s Haiku. Many Thanks.

    May 22, 2012 at 15:57

  59. Ash

    Amazing photos! Simply amazing!

    May 22, 2012 at 16:01

  60. Al

    What lovely flower photos, but my favorite is the last one with the adorable dog.

    May 22, 2012 at 18:29

  61. Beautiful blooms, and cute pup.

    May 22, 2012 at 18:34

  62. spectacular!!

    May 22, 2012 at 19:15

  63. JM

    What beautiful combination of colours on top! Your cute dog seems to be smiling at you!:-)

    May 22, 2012 at 19:20

  64. my favorite flowers and they are already all gone here
    beautiful series nice photos

    May 22, 2012 at 19:41

  65. Riet

    Beautiful photo’s of my favorite flowers the tulips. Love the color too. Most of them are gone here.

    May 22, 2012 at 21:01

  66. Wonderful series! I love how you’ve framed the dog in the last image.

    May 22, 2012 at 21:47

  67. All those beautiful tulips sleeping through the Winter and coming out to welcome spring — how wonderful. (I really miss Spring flowers here in Florida…never cold enough for the usual ones, tulips, daffodils etc, and by the time we get back to Oregon, they’re gone already. Ah well…what these old bones give up for a warm winter! Thanks for sharing your Spring — it is gorgeous! And (Oscar looks like he belongs right there in the daffy field!)

    May 22, 2012 at 22:17

  68. Beautiful shots with lovely words.

    May 22, 2012 at 22:38

  69. These are gorgeous, very happy photos!

    May 22, 2012 at 22:46

  70. raeman

    Naturally beautiful tulips with vivid colors are ‘glorified with splendor’ by ‘your magnificient HD(?)picture-shots’..great photos..

    May 23, 2012 at 00:13

    • Not HD at all… Just enhanced the contrast a little and added blur to the last one.

      May 23, 2012 at 05:05

  71. Blond Duck

    Oscar is so cute!

    May 23, 2012 at 01:03

  72. My favourite is the dog, surrounded by beautiful daffodils, and smiling!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 02:08

  73. The Dog is definitely very photogenic:)
    Those flowers look amazing with such beautiful color.

    May 23, 2012 at 03:06

  74. These are lovely..mine suffered from the cold spring along with other your dog…Michelle

    May 23, 2012 at 05:20

  75. Walk In New York

    Tres belle serie, avec une preference pour la focus de la premiere photo

    Publicity ;o) Every Friday (and the Weekend), The Challenge “Walk In The Street Photography”

    May 23, 2012 at 15:11

  76. imac

    Tu-Lips to say = Just Beautiful.

    May 24, 2012 at 03:33

  77. WoW – said I.

    May 24, 2012 at 05:56

  78. They’re gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them with us!

    May 25, 2012 at 06:00

  79. Those are the best tulip shots I have seen this spring!:)

    May 27, 2012 at 17:25

  80. Lovely photos of flowers…and the one with your gorgeous dog is just precious!

    May 28, 2012 at 07:03

  81. one of my all-time fave pics of Oscar!

    May 30, 2012 at 17:24

  82. It has been a while since I’ve visited your blog. Really enjoyed scrolling through all these lovely photos of spring flowers. We had a very early spring and my tulips and daffodils have been long gone. Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

    June 11, 2012 at 03:54

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