Budding Promise

Poppy Bud

The bud contains all, locked up tight. Its thick green coverings hiding from view what lies within. It is not until the bud begins to open that the colour of the bloom begins to reveal itself, and the falling away of verdant shroud quickly follows. What remains is petal after petal of soft satin loveliness, peach-pink and smooth to the touch. The promise of the bud has been fulfilled.

Pink Poppy 4

Pink Poppy 3

Pink Poppy 2

It makes me think about the promise that each of us holds, locked up tight within our wildest dreams, our most audacious imaginings, our most closely held ambitions,  just waiting for the right conditions to flourish into radiant glory.

What promise have you seen fulfilled recently?  Have you personally found an opportunity to grow and shake loose your luminous petals?  Or perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to watch a friend, child, colleague, partner blossom within a nurturing environment?  How do you help others to flourish?

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May 28, 2008. Environment, Inspiration, Photography.

18 Comments

  1. DeafMom replied:

    Breathtaking photos! As for me, I’m trying to build up some conditions to flourish, I’m still in the budding stage. :)

  2. morag lloyds replied:

    fantastic!

    keep on looking inside those petals………..
    Morag

  3. Alina Popescu replied:

    Amy, this is an incredible post. And you were perfectly right about the photos :)

    I can feel thoughts and desires accumulating within. I think I’m going to feel a bud bursting into a beautiful flowers pretty soon.

    As for helping others, I try to be supportive, understand what they need, give advice or encouragements when they need it, and so on :)

  4. Robert Hruzek replied:

    Personally, I think we’re watching the bud called Amy Palko bursting open even now! Your photographic blossoms are leaving us speechless (well – not really!)

    For me, the word that best describes a bud is potential. I mean, we know what’s supposed to be in there, we have a good idea of what it will be – but still, there’s room for a surprise or two as it unfolds for us. And each one is complete; unique.

    Amy your photography is getting quite amazing! I look forward to my journeys with you each day now. Keep walkin’!

  5. rlovison replied:

    Amy,

    You truly are a gift. :)

    I love the composition of the second photo. Beautiful light as well.

  6. amypalko replied:

    I know you’ll bloom just at the right moment, DeafMom.

    Oh, I will, Morag! Thank you so much for your encouragement :-)

    I’m so glad this post called to you, Alina. Thank you so much for leaving such a thoughtful comment, and thank you too, for the stumble :-)

    Aw, thank you, Robert! What a lovely comment to leave. And I completely agree with you that the word which best describes the bud is potential: the potential to be magnificently and uniquely ourselves.

    Thank you, Richard, for your lovely supportive comments. I am so grateful for them!

  7. Leslie replied:

    Beautiful photos and post! As for your question, I’d say watching my son graduate from high school recently was definitely a promise fulfilled. It was fun to watch him bloom during the high school years, and I know he’s not finished yet!

  8. bobleckridge replied:

    Really lovely photos Amy, and really lovely post too. About the subject…….I think we’ve done it again! Seen my post about the seed today???!
    How does that happen?
    love

    Dad

  9. Bo replied:

    I love the photo of the bud most of all. It looks so full of anticipation, all ready for adventures. It reminds me of goosebumps!

  10. On a Limb with Claudia replied:

    Wow. These photos are incredible. I love how you’ve picked up the texture of the blossom – so appropriate for your post!

    I try to help other people flourish. In every interaction, I focus on what might bolster another, help them shine, even if it’s just a smile. Even though it takes effort, it’s not an act – just the way I’ve always been.

    Oddly, I’m not great at doing this for myself.

  11. Joanna Young replied:

    Amy, I caught these pictures in your flickr stream and was mesmerised by them. Those petals are just fabulous.

    I love the way you’ve worked them into this inspirational post. What a great formula you have going here!

    I’m going to add a few comments to friends here…

    @deafmom I’d say you were blooming. Your smile is enough to make me feel like I am anyway!

    @bob I saw your post about the seeds and thought the same thing! You two are on an uncanningly (fascinating) wavelength

    @claudia I was going to say the same thing :-) I try and encourage everyone with my words and my deeds, to help them feel good about themselves, but it’s darned hard to apply it to yourself isn’t it? :-)

    Joanna

  12. Karen Swim replied:

    Amy, I have to agree with Bob, you are truly blooming! As for me I am like @DeafMom searching for the right conditions. I feel a bit fertilized but without enough water and light to burst forth. To everything there is a season, and I know that mine will come. For others, I am conscious of planting seeds of encouragement, coming along and watering them and shining a ray of light to encourage people to blossom. I must say that right here in blogoland I have had the pleasure of watching so many of you (you, Joanna, Brett Legree to name a few) grow even taller and sprout these beautiful creations. What a blessing to have a front row seat! :-)

    Karen
    xx

  13. Tomas replied:

    Wow, your photos are fabulous, fantastic! Thank you. You made me blossom out literally – as while viewing your pictures, so now.

    As being sick and jobless, I have not many opportunities to smile, but in spite of my disability hot thank you comes out at a moment.
    Thanks again.

    sincerely yours
    http://candleday.wordpress.com/
    http://trustlight.blogspot.com/
    http://arthiker.wordpress.com/
    http://www.artmajeur.com/colourrain/

  14. Sassy Mama Bear replied:

    You my dear have truly blossomed into a wonderful blogger, creating a place that is welcoming, and educational.
    I also like to say that Scouting is a chance for parents to watch their children blossom and grow into young men and women from the children they once were…I see it every day with my own children.

  15. amypalko replied:

    What a beautiful example, Leslie! Thank you so much for sharing it :-)

    What can I say, Dad? Great minds think alike! Or maybe ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ might be a better proverb ;-)

    There is something exciting about that photo of the bud, Bo, isn’t there? All that potential!

    I could tell that about you, Claudia. You’re such a loving, caring person and that comes through in your blog and in every one of your online interactions that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. Make sure you extend that kindness to yourself, sweetheart. You deserve it :-)

    You know, Joanna, often I start with the photographs and I just write what comes to mind. Sometimes I’m as surprised as anyone else what the end result is! Oh, and feel free to reply to friends – comment boxes are supposed to be social ;-)

    Aw thank you, Karen! I believe we are witnessing the blossoming of Karen Swim, and what a beautiful bloom it is :-)

    What a lovely compliment, Tomas. Thank you so much for coming by!

    Thank you so much, Sassy Mama Bear, for your beautiful words. I think you’re quite right about the scouting movement. I’m so glad to hear that it is having a positive effect on your children.

  16. toni replied:

    Those photographs are gorgeous. The pink petals remind me of a June bride. :)

    I’m waiting for someone to bloom and fluorish. I see in her a beautiful spring flower but she doesn’t know it yet.

  17. radha replied:

    i feel wanting to go deeper and deeper in that pink soul,thak you,so lovely. the way i help others blossoming is giving them “self realization”. it is supposed to be the starting point of each individual blossoming. What you have to do is simply close your eyes and with your righthand on the heart asking in silent to your within Mother and full attention inside: “Please mother awaken”.sk few times and try to feel at the end a cool soothin breeze coming out from your fontanelle bone area (top of the head).the process of blooing starts but at the only condition that the plant has to be cared of constantly and lovingly. enjoying yr blog! smiles, r

  18. radha replied:

    i feel wanting to go deeper and deeper in that pink soul,thak you,so lovely. the way i help others blossoming is giving them “self realization”. it is supposed to be the starting point of each individual blossoming. What you have to do is simply close your eyes and with your righthand on the heart asking in silent to your within Mother and full attention inside: “Please mother awaken”.sk few times and try to feel at the end a cool soothin breeze coming out from your fontanelle bone area (top of the head).the process of blooing starts but at the only condition that the plant has to be cared of constantly and lovingly. enjoying yr blog! smiles, r

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