Tulips and Other Spring Things

Eyüp, April 2012
A friend of mine wrote a lovely welcome to spring the other day and opened with this:
Spring in Istanbul is tulips and mimosa, freesias and marigolds; bright dresses and sandals and sunglasses; sun one day, rain the next; cool breezes and open windows; sneezing and swollen eyes; green water turned blue. From the deck of the ferry, the shards of sun on the water pop like oil on a hot pan, so the sea appears to be bubbling with light. The horizon glows and the sky is blinding; under the new sun, the winter landscape is turning red, a fire of renewal and rebirth.
It seemed a fitting complement for the photo.


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