The art of wilting gracefully

I think there is much to be said

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For flowers (and people) that have blossomed out, lived life

And then begin to wilt gracefully.

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There is elegance in silken petals

(And lined faces).

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Drooping flowers — and ageing people for that matter —

Have their own beauty and wisdom.

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79 responses

  1. YES—our flowers do that also. Some of them hang onto their blooms for a LONG time as they wilt…. Wonder if “I” am wilting gracefully –as I get old?????? ha ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    May 23, 2016 at 15:29

  2. Great analogy with flowers and people. Beautiful.

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    May 23, 2016 at 15:36

  3. I have 3 drooping blooms on an orchid that has been blooming for months and months! Thank you for showcasing a stage seldom celebrated.

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    May 23, 2016 at 15:40

  4. You definitely caught the art in those lovely blooms. So pretty and great eye!

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    May 23, 2016 at 16:13

  5. Absolutely!!! 🙂

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    May 23, 2016 at 17:10

  6. Linda Medrano

    Your images and words are so beautiful and encouraging.

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    May 23, 2016 at 17:54

  7. So true!

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    May 23, 2016 at 18:33

  8. rmacwheeler

    Beautiful shots

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    May 23, 2016 at 19:01

  9. As an aging person… I rather like this… Except for the aging part!!!

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    May 23, 2016 at 19:05

  10. Wilting flowers have a beauty all of their own and as they transform the colours intensify…..lovely shots!

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    May 23, 2016 at 20:00

  11. Hello, so true! Wonderful words and images. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    May 23, 2016 at 20:11

  12. Bill Dodd

    Is that what I’m doing? Well I hope my wilting is graceful. seriously Fi, these are fabulous pictures–frame and display worthy.

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    May 23, 2016 at 20:35

  13. such a lovely reflection..and great photos as always 🙂

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    May 23, 2016 at 21:06

  14. The top picture shows how graceful wilting can be. Every stage has its own beauty.

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    May 23, 2016 at 21:09

  15. I really enjoyed these!

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    May 23, 2016 at 21:26

  16. Beautiful floral series and preference for the 3rd

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    May 23, 2016 at 21:49

  17. Wow! So beautiful floral photos!

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    May 23, 2016 at 22:07

  18. Your photo’s are lovely …
    Your words just perfect …

    All the best Jan

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    May 23, 2016 at 22:28

  19. I am sure trying to “wilt” gracefully!

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    May 23, 2016 at 22:32

  20. A tulip ballet beautifully captured Fiona 💛

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    May 23, 2016 at 23:23

  21. These photos are a departure from your usual landscapes, Fi. Thank you for the beautiful blooms and the words. Aging gracefully isn’t easy!

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    May 23, 2016 at 23:32

  22. Wilting and fading do indeed have a beauty of their own. Thank you.

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    May 24, 2016 at 00:13

  23. You could be be talking about me. Except for the graceful part.

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    May 24, 2016 at 00:14

  24. Although tonight (because I pooped!) I do not feel like I am aging gracefully, this is a beautiful sentiment!!…:)JP

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    May 24, 2016 at 00:44

  25. How about disgracefully (or fun). 🙂

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    May 24, 2016 at 01:32

  26. Ron

    Fiona, I LOVE your analogy of gracefully wilting flowers to aging. That’s brilliant because it’s so true!

    “Drooping flowers — and ageing people for that matter —

    Have their own beauty and wisdom.”

    Amen!

    Beautiful post! Beautiful photographs!

    Have a super week, my friend!

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    May 24, 2016 at 01:46

  27. oh yes I love this …it is tender and touching. And the photos are beautiful. Thanks you so much for all you do with your lovely photos and helping with the meme. Your blog is an ever changing work of art. I also always enjoy the folowers when they are a little wilted, like people.

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    May 24, 2016 at 03:01

  28. Al

    You’ve brought out the beauty in these.

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    May 24, 2016 at 03:28

  29. …even in the wilting,
    you capture the beauty of the living. xx

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    May 24, 2016 at 04:14

  30. This is so beautiful it makes me feel kind of sad. So much truth in a picture, in a petal.

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    May 24, 2016 at 04:22

  31. These tulips are certainly entering the last stages of their life with much grace and beauty. I especially love that last shot. So well captured.

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    May 24, 2016 at 04:47

  32. Such lovely shots, and wise words. Everything has it’s own beauty.

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    May 24, 2016 at 06:03

  33. Pat

    Beauty in words and photos. Life at all stages is precious!

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    May 24, 2016 at 06:35

  34. lovely words beautifully pictured 🙂

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    May 24, 2016 at 06:50

  35. Jim

    Great shots.

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    May 24, 2016 at 08:08

  36. Very pretty flowers.

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    May 24, 2016 at 08:10

  37. You’ve captured these wee tired lovelies beautifully.

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    May 24, 2016 at 08:31

  38. beautifully said. very poetic. lovely images as well.

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    May 24, 2016 at 10:07

  39. Beautiful flowers. Reminds me to grow old gracefully.

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    May 24, 2016 at 10:58

  40. Very beautiful pictures !

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    May 24, 2016 at 11:39

  41. How beautifully you’ve reminded us to grow old gracefully……

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    May 24, 2016 at 12:09

  42. so true. well said and lovely shots

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    May 24, 2016 at 12:09

  43. Now, the trick is to age as gracefully as the flowers!

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    May 24, 2016 at 12:19

  44. So lovely.

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    May 24, 2016 at 12:29

  45. Your words are so true. You remind us there is beauty if we just look.

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    May 24, 2016 at 12:42

  46. Truly graceful and elegantly composed!

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    May 24, 2016 at 13:37

  47. Poetic images!!

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    May 24, 2016 at 14:24

  48. Very creative floral shots and beautiful thoughts about them ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    May 24, 2016 at 15:01

  49. nocolebolo


    The beauty of a flower is not always shown in its moment of maximum splendor.
    The passage of time can get to enhance their beauty. So you show us in your superb photos.

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

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    May 24, 2016 at 15:15

  50. I love that title and that phrase! I will use it too. thanks

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    May 24, 2016 at 15:25

  51. Beautiful words to go along with the lovely photos!

    Have a good week ahead!

    Alexander
    Alex’s World! – http://alex.kakinan.com

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    May 24, 2016 at 18:07

  52. Wow, another great pictures.
    Fiona, you’re a champion in shooting.
    Greetings,

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    May 24, 2016 at 18:25

  53. Lovely !!!

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    May 24, 2016 at 20:02

  54. What a lovely post. I think people are always surprised by my reaction when very old people pass or even when people live to grand old ages. I believe life should be celebrated, especially because the people in my life (grandparents and aunts / uncles) have all died so young.

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    May 24, 2016 at 20:54

  55. Indeed, and may I wilt as beautifully as your flowers. 🙂

    Greetings from London

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    May 25, 2016 at 00:24

  56. Beautiful…flowers make the world a better place… 🙂

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    May 25, 2016 at 01:33

  57. Lovely photos and true words.
    xx oo
    Carla

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    May 25, 2016 at 02:53

  58. Stunning photos! I am striving not to wilt too much myself.

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    May 25, 2016 at 05:28

  59. Wonderful post, Fi!

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    May 25, 2016 at 05:29

  60. A beauty in each stage. 🙂
    Great pics.

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    May 25, 2016 at 06:06

  61. Fabulous photos of these flowers and leaves. Wonderful colors and lines.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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    May 25, 2016 at 10:33

  62. Beautiful series, colors and flower photos, wonderful taken

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    May 25, 2016 at 11:07

  63. wow….stunning shotss

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    May 25, 2016 at 19:31

  64. daryledelstein

    a friend just asked if i prefer flowers in gardens or vases … i replied both are photogenic .. you proved it

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    May 25, 2016 at 19:43

  65. Those are beautiful thoughts, we all have our own purpose and meaning in life.

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    May 25, 2016 at 22:17

  66. beautiful aging 🙂

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    May 25, 2016 at 22:38

  67. thanks for the uplift. i droop more than ever these days. 🙂

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    May 25, 2016 at 22:56

  68. Well captured!

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    May 26, 2016 at 03:06

  69. Oh you made me cry. Impart the images, then the words. In the past few weeks I have watch more flowers bow down with grace all over my home, Only to fuel more sadness then I think I have ever had to deal with. My mother passed away expectantly a month ago. Though the cut flowers are bright and cheery at first; watching them fade almost unbearable. They are all gone now, though the potted arrangements remain vibrant and am resolved to keep them for as long as possible.

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    May 26, 2016 at 04:51

    • So sorry to hear about your mother… My parents are old and frail, and flowers remind me of them. And remind me of my own fading.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      May 26, 2016 at 06:31

      • You know I don’t feel like am fading. Then again I avoid mirrors and being in front of the lens like the plaque.And I don’t have children to date me.

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        May 27, 2016 at 04:37

  70. Well said! Pretty photos too:)

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    May 26, 2016 at 06:01

  71. Very nice flowers and words!

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    May 26, 2016 at 06:25

  72. Good for you for hosting OWT. I tried, but failed. The timing didn’t work, I only got grief for mistakes, and no one would visit me. I was so discouraged.

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    May 26, 2016 at 13:50

  73. Love your post. Tulips for sure wilt the most graceful I think.

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    May 27, 2016 at 21:11

  74. Lynn

    Such wisdom in those words. Lovely.

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    June 2, 2016 at 12:01

  75. Beautiful post!

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    June 5, 2016 at 04:16

  76. What a lovely analogy Fiona 🙂 And such beautiful images!

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    June 30, 2016 at 13:36

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