Inside the Vase that Gold Made Red.

My partner wants the vase of dead tulips gone.

Each day I beg for another day’s reprieve.

So far so good.

The vase that the tulips are in is red.

Glass is made red by adding gold salts or colloidal gold to molten glass. The gold chloride is made by dissolving gold in a solution of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid. The nitric acid and hydrochloric acid combination is called “aqua regia”, as it has the power to dissolve gold, the King of Metals. 

Next to the red vase that the tulips are in is a smaller, empty red vase.

Into which a tulip petal has fallen.



Looking in, you can see fallen petals on the windowsill, outside of the vase.


The next two photos were taken with flash.


  The camera’s flash is outside of the vase, so there is no change of petal color in the image.


We know what these images are “of”, yet the pictures approach the abstract.

That’s one of the things I look for, that boundary between the recognizeable and the unrecognizeable.


5 responses to “Inside the Vase that Gold Made Red.

  1. Have you seen the movie “Leviathan”? You might want to check it out. It’s all about the boundary between the recognizable and the unrecognizable. Visually fascinating.

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