March 29, 2005
Volume 1 - Number 73

pink tulip bud


Before you exit today, I want you to know that I've set up a link through Amazon for making donations to Parkinson's Disease Research.

One of the reasons I bought TULIP plants for photographing this past weekend is that periodically Gigi Gilcrease, Chapter Coordinator, talks to me about creating a logo for the South Florida Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association.

My husband Sam. who has Parkinson's, and I are involved with this support group, as we were with the Central New Jersey Chapter, before moving to Florida. APDA chapters throughout the US have an annual Walk-A-Thon to raise funds for PD Research. April 2 is the one in South Florida.

Should you be interested in making a donation via the web, you may simply use the Picture to Ponder - Tulips link or, if you wish to send a check, go to APDA's Annual Walk-A-Thon page for our chapter's address or for one closer to you, if you prefer that.

PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease experienced by man, Alzheimer's disease being the most common. See Overview in the Pharmaceutical Journal for some detailed information. I've also included a few more facts on the Tulips donation page.

Tulips are the symbol of hope. A red and white tulip was named after James Parkinson, who did a treatise on "Shaking Palsy" 200 years ago.

Tulips are also a symbol of Spring, as pointed out in some of yesterday's responses. Today's pink bud seems to me to be nestling comfortably in its "womb", while preparing to shortly burst forth. I love the colors here and the sensuous curves.

Since I went into detail yesterday on distracting backgrounds and "fixing" images, I will share that the photo you are seeing today is exactly as I took it. I had placed the pot of flowers in the open trunk of my car and decided to take some shots before the tulips opened any further.

Focusing in so closely, with my macro lens, resulted in no background diversions. Are there areas in your life where you can unearth beauty or power, getting straight to the point, unconsciously eliminating the distractions?


" Love the picture. I love the tulips ....springtime and today is my birthday - 40th birthday. Wowowowowo. Rebirth"

"Not to belittle your efforts at capturing the light and removing the background, but what really works for me in this photo is the graceful attitude of the tulips. They are "open" to the world."
Mary Gray

"Oh Sheila, this just makes my heart sing!!! It makes my alignment meter go off the charts. I would love to have it blown up an put up on my wall."
Debra Schanilec

and Julie Jordan Scott wrote, "... wow, this picture literally opened my heart space. I looked at it and I felt a warmth in my heart.... immediately transcendent. Wow. Wow. Wow.

This is one I will print out and stick in my notebook - I am sure it will inspire some sort of writing - not sure what - and I know it will."
See 5 Passions if you have not yet checked out Julie's programs, including ones on writing.

Once again, I'm moved by what you've had to share. Thank you.


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