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Time for tulips

Time for tulips

I know that tulip festival in Istanbul has come to its end this year. The petals have fallen, beauty has faded. The grace of tulips lasts only for a short while. Now the tulip time has begun here in Estonia, the country where I live. I hope, sincerely, that some day I can take part of this beauty parade in Emirgan park, Gülhane park,Yildiz park, Sultanahmet square… whereever in Istanbul.

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

I admire this modest, simple, yet sophisticated charm of tulips. I look at them every morning in my garden. Every night brings them closer to perfection.

Tulip by William J Smith

A slender goblet wrethed in flame,
From Istanbul the flower came
And brought its beauty, and its name.

Now as I lift it up, that fire
Sweeps on from dome to golden spire
Until the East is all aflame:

By curving petals held entire
In cup of ceremonial fire,
Magnificence within a frame.

1954

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

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you’re back where you belong “tulip festival ”

 Istanbul Tulip Festival, Istanbul Lale Festivali, pentax k5, photos by ozgur ozkok

Istanbul Tulip Festival, Istanbul Lale Festivali, pentax k5, photos by ozgur ozkok

You been down to the bottom with a bad man, babe
But you’re back where you belong
Go get me my pistol, babe
Honey, I can’t tell right from wrong

Baby, please stop crying
You know, I know, the sun will always shine
So baby, please stop crying ’cause it’s tearing up my mind

Bob Dylan , Baby Stop Crying

Wash the dust from your soul “tulip festval”

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2012, İstanbul Lale Festivali , Emirgan park, pentax k5, photos by ozgur ozkok

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2012, İstanbul Lale Festivali , Emirgan park, pentax k5, photos by ozgur ozkok

Wash the dust from your Soul
and Heart with wisdom’s water.

Mevlana Rumi

I need to love

İstanbul tulip festival, İstanbul lale festivali, April-2011,  Türkiye,  photos by ozgur ozkok

İstanbul tulip festival, İstanbul lale festivali, April-2011, Türkiye, photos by ozgur ozkok

It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.

Mevlana Rumi

Life’s sun is going to set

Istanbul, Emirgan Park, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Istanbul, Emirgan Park, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Travelers, it is late.
Life’s sun is going to set.
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Rumeli Hisari

Rumeli Hisari, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Rumeli Hisari, Istanbul, pentax k10d

mini squirrels of Emirgan :)

Emirgan park, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Emirgan park, Istanbul, pentax k10d

long trees of Emirgan park are home for minis :) Continue reading

I am waiting, I will awake (tulip festival 2011)

Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul lale festivali 2011, Emirgan park, pentax kx

Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul lale festivali 2011, Emirgan park, pentax kx

Heart of tulip

istanbul tulip festival, istanbul lale festivali 2011, pentax k10d

istanbul tulip festival, istanbul lale festivali 2011, pentax k10d

sometimes taking close-up photo gives different colors

Waiting for visitors (tulip festival 2011)

Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul lale festivali 2011, Emirgan park, pentax kx

Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul lale festivali 2011, Emirgan park, pentax kx