... although a little late here in Berlin, the rhododendrons are now in full bloom. A feast for the eyes, literally, in all possible colours. A reminder that after long and possibly also dark winters, its time to enjoy a bright cheerful spring and summer. But beware... rhododendrons are a symbol for caution...because the plants themselves contain toxins harmful to humans and animals.
I saw this dead embryo on a walk and was sad that it did not even have chance to live. It brought home to me the fact that we are supposed to be happy everyday, to see happiness in our daily lives and highlight the happy moments even on bleak dark days... because despite everything we are still alive.
I never understood this European preoccupation with weather till I started to live here. In Madras (now Chennai) where I come from, we were happy when it rained and when we escaped unscathed from the wet fury of the monsoons. Getting our feet wet when we ventured out was no big deal. Here in Berlin, every sunny day is to be celebrated, because the weather plays truant and long gray winters weigh down the soul. Here is to happy sunny and warm days ahead for all us. For those in Chennai, here is wishing you a respite from the blasting heat. May you have the rain gods smiling down at you.
I am an abstract artist living and working in Berlin.