a thorny sort of love

Flowering Quince 1Flowering Quince 5

Flowering Quince 10Flowering Quince 17

Flowering Quince 19

Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) – thorny, old fashioned and tough as nails. But in early winter, when flowers appear on bare stems, fans of ikebana (and hummingbirds) rejoice. The woody stems, punctuated with delicate blossoms, buds and spiny thorns, look best in solitary arrangements; all of that empty space is a good thing, it forces you to focus. It’s contemplative and quiet. Simple and yet complex, a single flowering quince stem is more than beautiful, it is serene (and more meaningful & original than a dozen roses). These images were composed this morning.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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