Barcelona Photoblog: Red Flowers in Memoriam

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Red Flowers in Memoriam

Luciano Pavarotti: Red Flowers in Memoriam [enlarge]

How much I admire a person with a gift. Not the mundane kind of gift like when you have a talent to make money or to memorize the yellow pages, but the sort of gift that transforms an individual into a unique person, a historical character, a reference for generations to come. Most people have to die first so others become aware of their imprint on history but a few are lucky enough to leave this world with the satisfaction of not being just a number but an idea, a spirit, a name, flowing in the stream of the collective mind till the end of times. I did not have any particular reason to post these red flowers today but one item of news called my attention this morning: Luciano Pavarotti dies at 71. One single headline lost in a sea of tragic stories but ladies and gentlemen we should rise and give his eternal soul a stand-up ovation and throw a thousand red flowers in memoriam.
Una Furtiva Lagrima - Luciano Pavarotti


  1. Wonderful photo, Carlos, and very nice words about Pavarotti!

  2. Anonymous8:49 AM

    I don't know how you manage to get such clarity on your flower photographs. They are amazing.

    Pavarotti will be missed. His death made the headlines yesterday here in the UK and there were many tributes to him.

    Do you know if he ever sang at the Liceu? (sorry if that is not spelt right).

  3. Headlines and stories here in St. Paul/Minneapolis for two days. I think I'll play his music all day today. What a career! What a voice! and what a great photo!

  4. -Thanks Chris. I am not the kind of person that mourns on every misfortune but in spite of not being an opera fan, something tells me this is a great loss. I liked his voice and I got to love certain arias thanks to him. I really felt good dedicating this flower.
    -Yes indeed Gary. He sang in the Liceu. There are recordings still on sale. As to clarity, thank you very much. I am trying to improve it but I need better lenses. Little by little.

  5. Hello dear Kate. I am glad you came by. I had seen you already in mybloglog. I bet we could be all day listening to his work. When I chose the youtube link yesterday and I played it to check the video clip quality I couldn't help being touched by the impressive voice and the atmosphere on stage. Then I read people's comments below and I thought "you'll see, now some jerk will write a stupid thing here, mocking or something" and to my surprise everyone was really letting out straightforward words in unison. As I said, uniqueness creates nothing but admiration.

  6. Note: I have been asked about how to subscribe to my daily pictures. Due to blogger singularities my feed sometimes works great and some others don't. There are several options: clicking twice on the orange badge top left and subscribing according to what kind of reader you have or writing the feed adress directly in your reader. You may write these or
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  7. Anonymous11:49 PM

    Thanks for the RSS info Carlos.

    This is all new to me and I don't fully understand rss feeds etc but I think it is incredible how you have optimised your site. I can only watch and learn.

    You are a man of many talents:o)

  8. Thanks Gary. I wish I had talent. I just want to learn and devote it many hours in the year. This has been non-stop since February 2006 so I guess the site evolves. You ought to see the first posts LOL. It's fun to be here, I really enjoy it. Thanks for coming and for the nice words.

  9. Beautiful tribute and a beautiful photo.

  10. I am flattered. It is funny. We are both commenting at the same time on eachother's post. Thanks. :)


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