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Vikipedia: The Treason of Dead Flowers

Part III. Secret Negotiations

Vikipedia: The Treason of Dead Flowers

Part III. Secret Negotiations

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  • iris
  • hamburg
  • 10 Dec 2010, 00:34
Oh my.. that's what I'd call a meeting smile I'd love to know what the negotiations are about, but I assume they will keep the secrets for themselves.

Referring to the treason: actually I think the flowers are the betrayed ones. In the prime of their lives they had a lot of guests every day. But as soon as they died and had nothing to give anymore, all the bees left. They are just living their second life now.. with new friends. smile
vz-nostalgia: :
Iris: I'd love to know what the negotiations are about, but I assume they will keep the secrets for themselves.
VZ: smile That's why the negotiations are secret, Ms. Iris. They could be about conquering teh world, or about a vendetta to the bees, which betrayed the flowers. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Dec 2010, 07:23
But they've given all they've got to give Vik: what next?
vz-nostalgia: smile Yep. They've given it all during their short lives, Chris. Now, they want to get some back. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Dec 2010, 08:11
Treason or opportunism?

Stupidity may be to team up with the Cicadoidea family. Their screaming habits may shrivel your innards.
vz-nostalgia: :
Louis: Treason or opportunism?
VZ: Are these their only choices, Louis? smile

Louis: Their screaming habits may shrivel your innards.
VZ: I kind of like teh sound of cicadas, especially when I wake up at night. The night air is saturated with their love calls to the very limit. smile
  • jim g
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2010, 13:10

WOW...I'd love to know more about this shot. This is a bit more "set up" than your usual posts. It's quite intriquing.
vz-nostalgia: smile A bit more set up? Oh Jim... it is 100 percent set up. smile The shot was conceived about a year ago, but I put it on the back burner, and then, the other day, it came into my mind again, when I saw these flowers in our garden, hanging lifelessly, bitten by the night frost. I put everything I was doing on hold and... voila, the picture. smile
  • Patrick
  • United States, Richmond VA
  • 10 Dec 2010, 13:28
“Will you still need me,will you still feed me..When I'm sixty-four?”Paul Mc
vz-nostalgia: If it was up to the Republican Party, you'd be on your own, when you're sixty-four, Patrick. smile I bet some would call Mr. McCartney a socialist in this country . smile
These look like dried Datura flowers. If so, they are still weaving a spell!

Datura belongs to the classic "witches' weeds," along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Most parts of the plants contain toxic hallucinogens, and datura has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of love potions and witches' brews.

If, however, you turn round and tell me that they are courgette flowers.....then my theory is blown out the water. lol! (:o)
vz-nostalgia: You're not far off, Ms. Roz. It's brugmansia, a genus of Datura. We call it here an angel's trumpet. Only they are not dried here. They were still soft and silky, when I took them off the branches for the photoshoot. They were unconscious, knocked down by the frost into a permanent comatose state.
So, your theory was not blown out of water. I put a spell on you. smile
My voice is not as beautiful and sexy as Joe Cocker's, though. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2010, 13:55
They are those night blooming cereus, aren't they? I had a whole balcony full of those back "home" across the Pacific ocean.

When they are ready to bloom that night we'll move them into the house and the next morning the whole house will be filled with the pleasant aroma! People will take the flower and cook with rock sugar and eat them to help with asthma.

There is a saying in Chinese for anything that rarely happens refer to the blooming of a Nightblooming Cereus.
vz-nostalgia: I see you got swept with nostalgia for the nights filled with the aroma of these flowers, Ti. smile
The dead flowers are winning, their stems look upright as if they are growing again and soon the demon judges will be covered in blankets of withered petals, to realise they would never be able to trial them for treason smile
vz-nostalgia: :
Linda: The dead flowers are winning...
VZ: They are not at war yet, Ms. Linda. That would be the topic of my next series. smile You are way ahead in your thinking. smile

Linda: ...the demon judges will be covered in blankets of withered petals...
VZ: Your imagination runs wild, Ms. Linda. I like that. smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Dec 2010, 01:04

I'm reminded of my upbringing and childhood and the teachings of the church of the various seals of revelation in particular the 5th seal of revelation.

Malvelation : And the dead will rise to meet their maker and be rebuked and caste upon the ground to lay among the waste of common man.

On a more superficial note, love the shot. mal
vz-nostalgia: :
Mal: ... inparticular the 5th seal of revelation.
VZ: "When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain... and they cried with a loud voice... and a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed."
I had to lool it up, Mal. smile Every time I hear of seals of revelation Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" comes to mind.

Love the Malvelation. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Dec 2010, 04:07
Such a disappointing development...I gave all my trust to you but you have flushed it away...
vz-nostalgia: smile Go on... I'm listening. smile
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 11 Dec 2010, 05:44
doh we just got back into colour and it's all so morbid...
vz-nostalgia: smile
1. We? Who are WE?
2. Can you ever be satisfied, Ms. Zhen? Ever? smile (not that this is my job per se, mind you smile)
  • Robert
  • United States
  • 13 Dec 2010, 14:20

I see the left side of the Last Supper, when Jesus tells of the coming betrayal.
"It's not me!"

Thank you for the image!
vz-nostalgia: smile Without Judas' betrayal who knows how teh fate of Christianity would turn out. smile Therefore, he is a key figure, maybe even more important than any of the deciples. smile Check out Nikos Kazantsakis' novel "The Last Temptation of Christ" or Martin Scorsese's film of the same title.

Good thing I left Jesus off the frame. Otherwise, a Christian fatwa would be declaired on me. smile
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 22 Dec 2010, 13:52
oh my god are they...cicadas?? they are HUGE!!!! really like this one too...liking this night photography phase...also that the colour has come back...thank god! LOL
vz-nostalgia: Cicadas they are, Ms. Zhen, at least three of them. smile See, it all depends on person's mood. The other day you didn't like it, today you did. smile
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 22 Dec 2010, 13:54
haha that is hilarious! I just realised I already commented here- lol I like it so much more now- i think i turned up the brightness on my screen...makes all the difference...esp cos i actually see the insectws now...DITZ! hehe
vz-nostalgia: Gee... You missed the insects first time? smile Now you have to flip through teh whole Nostalgia archive to discover what else you missed. smile
This is really neat =)
vz-nostalgia: Neat? since when treason is considered to be neat, Ms. Cassie? smile
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