Her face, weathered and crisscrossed with lines and brightened by her subtle smile, stared at me from my screen. Around her were the happy faces of several generations of family members. Above their heads was a plastic banner with her likeness proclaiming – Happy 98th Birthday, Nanay!
Nanay* was just 90 when I last saw her. That was the day when I said goodbye before I embarked on a long journey of place and circumstance. I was single when we last met. I am now thousands of miles away, married and with family.
From my folks, I know that Nanay is still hale and hearty. My sister told me that Nanay was excited about her birthday and invited anyone who cared to hear to her party. She has gotten slow over the years and hard of hearing too. But she could still give a good scolding or do her chores. Her mind is clear – she remembers things that happened long ago. Her love is strong. One day, my cousin posted about the time she spied Nanay kissing a picture of my deceased grandfather that she held in her hands.
She has always been an emotional one. She would cry whenever she heard bad news about her loved ones. She would cry whenever she heard good news about them too. She would cry when people she had not seen in a long time visited her. I wonder now if she will cry when she sees me and all the rest who issued from me. I think she will.
I look at her picture. I see her fragile frame. I hope. I hope I am with her to observe her special day.
At one o’clock in the afternoon, when the sun was up high and beating on my back, I wandered off into the front yard and saw tulips in full bloom. There were these two white tulips at the back row, near the drain. ‘They’re perfect for the challenge,” I thought. after working several angles and trying on different light, these were what I came up with.
I found Daily Post’s challenge via WordPress. I am new at WordPress and the latter, to welcome me to its blogs and help me out with blogging, referred me to Daily Post’s page. When I visited, the challenge for the 2 Subject Photograph was up. Since I am learning how to take better photographs and the functions of my new camera – and am taking tons of pictures anyway, I decided to respond to the post. I’ve tried taking pictures of 2 subject photographs, but, so far, this photo is my favorite. I have been trying to capture that sun in with the tulips. I am not so sure though if this qualifies for the challenge since light is integral to every photograph. I dare submit anyway to find out :-), and to learn from the many great photographers out there. 🙂
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I took the pictures of the tulips one late afternoon while I was waiting for my family to get ready for Mass. I was the first one to get out of the house yet somehow managed, again, or as usual – as is usually the case, to be the last one in the car. My family is used to my ways already though. So there was no surprise to my being the latecomer. What would be more surprising was if I was the first one in.
I can give at least two reasons why I like these tulips: (1) the lovely delicate pink and cream; and (2) the layers of petals. If I am not mistaken, this variety is also slightly scented. I will go check tomorrow and find out for sure.
I must have taken dozens of photos of these flowers since they appeared in the garden. There I was, low on the ground, trying to get a good focus on my new camera. I wonder what the neighbors and passersby think – Does she ever have any better thing to do at all? 😉