The Yin and Yang

A while back, my daughter received a bouquet of flowers after singing in her school show.

As they graced the kitchen table, I notice a bright beam of light leading the eye to

A bud holding the fuzzy promise of hope to come —

In stark contrast to the unfurled beauty of a tulip already in full bloom.


I took the bouquet outside

Into the gentle snow,

snowy vase

And enjoyed the yin of the white snowflakes

On the yang of the rich red petals.

Snowflaked red tulip

Suddenly, my philosophical mood was broken

By Oscar photobombing my photo session.

But I guess that’s what yin and yang is all about —

Complementary forces (even if it is just a dog’s tail)

Forming harmony to remind us

That we are all part of a greater whole.


For balance, please visit: Our World.

84 responses

  1. Pat

    Lovely post! Love the Oscar photobomb!

    April 22, 2013 at 16:09

  2. It’s his prerogative to photobomb!!!!

    April 22, 2013 at 16:14

  3. Beautiful! The experience must be really exciting.

    April 22, 2013 at 16:20

  4. They are all lovely!

    April 22, 2013 at 16:23

  5. Hello Lady Fi!
    Oh! How wonderful is the present post.
    I love spring flowers. They are very beautiful.
    Great pictures.

    April 22, 2013 at 16:33

  6. Oh my gosh, did you make me laugh so hard with oscar photobombing!!! I needed that so bad on a monday morning my friend.

    April 22, 2013 at 16:41

  7. Perfect (which is exactly what you said, only better!)

    April 22, 2013 at 16:46

  8. Well, that didn’t come out quite right,… of course I meant to say that you said it much better!

    April 22, 2013 at 16:47

  9. I’m a firm believer in the concept of yin & yang. I shared some these on several months ago:
    Lovely post, Oscar compliments it well! :)

    April 22, 2013 at 17:07

  10. made me smile! that oscar!

    April 22, 2013 at 17:13

  11. Exquisite flowers — perfect captures with the snow flakes and, of course, Oscar’s tail is the perfect exclamation point!! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    April 22, 2013 at 17:14

  12. Lovely capture on the flowers! The fur bud and the flashy background is simply superb

    April 22, 2013 at 17:40

  13. Funny… I don’t usually think much in terms of yin and yang but I happened to have them in my blog post today too (referring to male and female Mandarin ducks).

    April 22, 2013 at 17:41

  14. JM

    Outstanding close-ups!

    April 22, 2013 at 17:45

  15. Beautiful flowers, I like such views:) Greetings

    April 22, 2013 at 18:39

  16. Yes, I do love the opposition and the balance.:)

    April 22, 2013 at 18:49

  17. Wonderful photos. I love how you were inspired by the bouquet of flowers. Lovely post:)

    April 22, 2013 at 18:51

  18. Oscar is always part of the family. Another child.

    April 22, 2013 at 18:53

  19. Gorgeous photos! But the words are even outshining the poetic beauty of the images! Really lovely, Fiona!

    April 22, 2013 at 19:03

  20. SHE

    Unfortunately, Oscar doesn’t understand the delicacies of a photo shoot! Stunning!

    April 22, 2013 at 19:48

  21. Funny and hopeful and sweet…all at the same time.

    April 22, 2013 at 20:16

  22. Beautiful pictures, especially the first one with the bud. Liked the way ‘ve related the concept of Yin & Yang here:) Great !

    April 22, 2013 at 20:27

  23. oscar always adds something to the photos he is in .. even when his tail is photo bombing!

    April 22, 2013 at 20:33

  24. cloudia

    Surely you realize that the final ‘tail’ shot is the $$$$$$$$$:-)


    April 22, 2013 at 22:46

  25. Oh that Oscar! Lovely, lovely photos…even the one with Oscar’s tail. :)

    April 22, 2013 at 23:02

  26. Lovely photos!

    April 22, 2013 at 23:09

  27. What a wonderful post, and they are just beautiful!

    April 22, 2013 at 23:24

  28. Beautiful splash of colour and fantastic detail.

    April 23, 2013 at 00:42

  29. Wonderfully done! The Oscar photobomb made me smile.:)

    April 23, 2013 at 01:21

  30. A lovely bouquet! your images are always a delight!

    April 23, 2013 at 01:40

  31. Gorgeous … that first photo is really something special.

    April 23, 2013 at 02:36

  32. jenjilks

    I so love this! I was doing the same thing, and the cat kept whipping her tail in front of the camera. What a doof. They know, I’m sure!

    April 23, 2013 at 04:00

  33. Hudson Howl

    Reminds me of the idea of or use of found objects; similar but different as this feels like found sensibility. Daring, adventurous, whimsical, left to chance.

    Yes the images have punch, yes they have all the pleasures that one gets from form, colour, mixing soft tone and crystal detail. But it is that play between physical and emotional, fragile vs robust. This is very much a study then it is photograph, if you know what mean.Hard to do, hard to explain, yet one could spend a life time flirting with the possibilities.

    April 23, 2013 at 04:03

  34. Flowers, light, color, and Oscar – all that is needed for a blog post.

    April 23, 2013 at 04:06

  35. Fabulous……I had to smile because just today I was at my desk writing about yin and yang:-)

    April 23, 2013 at 04:09

  36. All things bright and beautiful!

    April 23, 2013 at 05:08

  37. Great shots of flower bouquet. Nice angles.

    April 23, 2013 at 05:51

  38. And Oscar is one of the most photogenic photo-bomber that I know. And I love the exuberance he brings to life.
    Gorgeous bouquet.

    April 23, 2013 at 06:35

  39. Magnificent way of express something beautiful!

    April 23, 2013 at 07:27

  40. Exquisite flowers, really wonderful photos!

    April 23, 2013 at 08:50

  41. Indeed! Beautiful captures and thoughts expressed

    April 23, 2013 at 09:56

  42. Good old Oscar, he knows you know, lol.

    April 23, 2013 at 09:57

  43. Beautifiul shots and if nothing else I bet Oscar made you laugh!


    April 23, 2013 at 10:17

  44. He he dogs will be dogs!

    April 23, 2013 at 10:45

  45. Thank you for this beautiful ying and yang! Thank you for your visit to my blog in spite of your cold. I wish you a speedy recovery!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:47

  46. Oscar knows, better than any of us, that one cannot live on philosophy alone!

    April 23, 2013 at 11:47

  47. flowers look good in snow but they don´t last long. I hope you fook them in again.:)

    April 23, 2013 at 12:13

  48. Your photos and your words are poetry Beautiful

    April 23, 2013 at 12:21

  49. Helt underbara blomsterbilder. Just tulpaner är mina favoriter just…de bär budskap om vårens ankomst!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:21

  50. beautiful flowers…:)

    April 23, 2013 at 12:24

  51. indrani

    I like the focus and the blur. Beautiful captures.

    April 23, 2013 at 13:55

  52. Så vackra bilder…vårlikt.

    April 23, 2013 at 14:01

  53. Beautiful flowers and photos:)

    April 23, 2013 at 14:12

  54. The flowers are absolutely gorgeous. I had to laugh at your sneeze comment on my pollen picture because it’s exactly what I’ve been doing along with watering eyes and sinus headache. Fortunately we had a strong rain that drove much of the pollen away.

    April 23, 2013 at 14:16

  55. Beautiful captures of the flowers Lady Fi, Love the colors so much!!
    Warm greetings from Holland,

    April 23, 2013 at 15:01

  56. What a lovely flowers! I like all of them

    April 23, 2013 at 15:56

  57. beautiful blooms.:)

    April 23, 2013 at 16:26

  58. vad vackra blommbilder du visar oss. kul med lite snö på tulpanen.
    Ha en fin vecka
    Kra Meta

    April 23, 2013 at 16:37

  59. These are beautiful photos. Oscar’s tail adds a nice touch to the last one.

    April 23, 2013 at 16:46

  60. Yes—we are all part of a great whole… There is Yin and there is Yang… But—depending upon our attitudes, it’s all good!!!!!! Love the ‘fuzzy’ promise of hope in that bud to be!!!!! Love the idea of Oscar jumping into your photo session!!!! That’s just life, isn’t it????? Have a great week, Fiona.

    April 23, 2013 at 17:18

  61. jenmuddybootdreams

    Or you could say, reality swept in…


    April 23, 2013 at 17:25

  62. That first image is gorgeous!!! I love the second last image, with the snowflake on the red tulip, but the last image made me laugh – what a happy tail!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 17:27

  63. Love the fuzz of new bloom and the red against white snow.

    April 23, 2013 at 18:15

  64. Flowers looked so tender and beautiful..!

    April 23, 2013 at 18:43

  65. Maggie May

    What magnificent photos. Lovely close ups . You can see the tiny hairs on the bud and stems.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

    April 23, 2013 at 20:00

  66. Al

    Very pretty and poetic.

    April 24, 2013 at 01:35

  67. yes, puppies are like that😉

    such lovely flowers, a sweet gift.

    April 24, 2013 at 02:57

  68. Happiness is seeing through your eyes and heart. Your photos are a study in contrasts.

    April 24, 2013 at 03:48

  69. Beautiful bouquet !

    April 24, 2013 at 07:39

  70. Such lovely spring flowers! Your close ups show their beauty so well.

    April 24, 2013 at 08:41

  71. Simply wonderful–in all aspects, right down to the tail end!

    April 24, 2013 at 22:37

  72. Harmony is always your photos, nature or flowers, you always find it.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    April 24, 2013 at 23:57

  73. What a nice way to thank your daughter for singing in the show! Your photos will help preserve her memories.

    April 25, 2013 at 00:42

  74. What a joy of words and photos! =) Love it! and beautiful with some snow flakes on..

    and Oscar how beautiful he is! (I’ve scrolled down.) He looks so kind.

    Lovely spring to you!:)

    April 25, 2013 at 00:50

  75. least it wasn’t a huge fluffy wagging tail! :)

    April 25, 2013 at 01:24

  76. Fabulous!

    April 25, 2013 at 03:56

  77. Love it!

    April 25, 2013 at 04:02

  78. Hello great lady of the north, lovely flowers and Ahhhh Oscar’s tail….how I wish I could just have one more wag of my golden’s lovely tail…Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comments. cheers.

    April 25, 2013 at 06:27

  79. Excellent pictures! I don’t mind the tail even.

    April 25, 2013 at 07:33

  80. thesmittenimage

    The photos are quite lovely but I had to laugh at Oscar’s tail. Dogs are such hams.. even if they don’t realize it.

    April 25, 2013 at 19:26

  81. Leave it to the Mighty O to steal the spotlight from such gorgeous flowers, using nothing but his tail!:-)

    That first photo, so soft and dreamy, really stole my heart, but the vivid, dramatic Yin and Yang of the red tulip and white snow is stunning as well. Wonderful photos and wonderful post, as always!

    April 26, 2013 at 15:45

  82. gorgeous series of flower photos!
    love them all! especially that first one.

    happy weekend~

    April 26, 2013 at 22:42

  83. Not sure how I missed this earlier in the week! Gorgeous in words & pictures.

    April 28, 2013 at 13:46

  84. Beautiful close u view.:-)

    April 30, 2013 at 06:24

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