Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Global Signs


Augerius Busbequius, an Austrian Ambassador to Turkey, was the first European on record to introduce them to Europe in 1554, sending tulip bulbs from here back his home.

He admired them in Turkish gardens where they had been cultivated for many years.

Since that time they have not only furnished the beauty but exciting moments in commerce and politics, too.

One of the most prized of them was belong to the 17th century, named "Semper Augustus": a flamed and feathered red on a white ground.

My, my, my tulips! Not they are the first gift from the nature to light up our gardens upon Spring arrival, but
the most popular multi-colored welcome sign for Spring and Summer.

Till today I have not found/heard/read anything on the subject of tulip signs but the one I found in the park seems to have universal meanings as to the different signs.

Just thrilled by this giant tulip sculpture, named Cosmopolite Istanbul, among many gorgeous designs when I was walking inside the park. It was striking when seen from a distance. Look closely above photo, the symbols were not selected at random. More than celebrating the bloom, it is guaranteed to bring "Global Signs" that was whispering me only this one message:

Using our hearts for love and tulips for faith
let's go to a real human being.

To me, it is not spiritless but living one like others. Would last forever as it is our official sign.

Göztepe Park, located on the Asian side, Istanbul

Do you think that photography becomes an amazing kind of path when it includes a thematic focus? You should visit Carmi's Written Inc.: such a mind-blowing, words-moulding varied spot, feeling to you and others who cross his way.

Thematic Photographic 50 is the address to reach more entries about theme of this Wednesday: Signs


  1. So incredible is this wonderful representation. I am so glad you shared it with us. You are always so wonderful to share beauty, joy and hope for common good.

    And, thank you for the link. I will follow it.

  2. I so often forget.. they are YOUR tulips, not mine :)

  3. I love your tulip :P tulips never grow here, they are all imported and extremely costly and we see very little of them, maybe someone selling a couple of stalks here and there and that's it.

  4. Tulip is the most lovely flower in the world. Actually Ottoman Turks saw tulips as representation of God, since tulip looks like an -Alif- the arabic letter, representing God. Very long/deep story. And the reason its named Tulip in English is actually caused by a mistake(called -lale- in TurkisH). Busbeq saw a tulip on a young Turkish boy's belt; asked him what is it. The young boy thinks that he is pointing his belt(tülbent), he said it is a "tülbent" than with with Busbecq mispronuncuation, it was recorded as "tulipban"; eventually become tulip..( from Busbeq's Turkish letters).
    Btw tulips has always been expensive all the times and everywhere. thanks for bringing up this topic, I just couldnt stop myself since tulips in my special interest :)

  5. Ciao Nicole, è vero non c'è bisogno di tanto spazio....quando è possibile
    la nostra casa ha sempre una camera in più per gli "stranieri" :-) boh? sarà una nostra tradizione!

    Qui da noi stamane ho letto sulla stampa che la protezione civile ha dichiarato da oggi a lunedì lo stato di allarme per il caldo :-)
    Mi piacerebbe conoscere tante lingue per poter dialogare con te ed i tuoi amici :-) però non mi arrendo e in qualche modo mi terrò in contatto con voi :-)
    Un caro saluto

  6. WOW, and I thought most tulips came from Holland! Silly me!
    But i had never seen tulips like those beautiful ones... especially the golden one (impressive!)

  7. Tulips ARE the perfect sign. Ours have bloomed and gone this spring.

    I had no idea that they originated in Turkey.

    Last year we had onion sculptures all over our town -- and a small town just south of us has FROG sculptures everywhere.

    I think I would prefer tulips.

  8. Nihal, you've photographed so well these significant sculptures. Two very interesting images, thanks for sharing!

  9. @ uha1: Each comment shared is like a little virtual bird stopping at my window to chirp.


    I'm always amazed that you stop by and always excited to read what you write! Because so many you know about our culture and traditions that's more than interesting:)

    Yes tulips have always been expensive all the times and everywhere. Maybe you know (or read in my article last year) in the first 15days of every April Ist'l becomes a tulip city, sixteen million tulips are being planted across the city. Being Istanbulites we feast -smelling, touching and even bringing them inside -just free-of-charge:)

    Hope you become active at your blog, Reflections. I'd like to read yours.

  10. Slm Nihal san
    Lale çok güzel.Bana Osmanın Lale çağ hatırlatıyor.
    Ben Türkçeyi kendi kendime okudum.
    Bu arada Türkan Saylan aramızdan ayrıldı.Cenaze tören çok kalabalıktı.
    Allah rahmet eylesin.

  11. What a wonderful post! It's a sign, but so different from our lettered signs. I love the sign of the tulip, plus all the signs printed upon it.

  12. Thanks for the lovely golden tulip with universal messages to share.
    I hear the farmers grow them in Cameron Highlands where it is cooler.

  13. Tulips are my favourite flower - I love the varieties and most of all the history.

    What a gorgeous sign you have shared with us.

    Word Verification: prays !!

  14. I like what you selected for the theme, very effective and most of all beautiful.

  15. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been admiring the tulips dotting our neighborhood. But not one of them has taken my breath away to the degree that this sculpture has. I needed a dose of beauty today, and you provided it. Thanks so much for this, and for your very kind words.

  16. A wonderful post, again, about tulips this time, Nihal,! I have some quilted tulips by me in my home. You can see them at my flickr photostream.(