Tulip, Study #5

Tulip, Study #5 | East Wenatchee, WA | April 2019

Flowers wallow in attention. After all, they’re the flashy wrappings of the tulip’s sex organs. All lushness and lust. So I felt bad ignoring the plant’s workhorse systems, the leaves and roots that provide the food and nutrients that make those beautiful blooms. It’s a kind of upstairs/downstairs situation — posh elegance up top serviced by the grunts of photosynthesis and mineral absorption. The good news: Subtle beauty also sprouts farther down the stem, where form more closely follows function.