There's a legend from Japan which tells a sad story of how the bleeding heart flower came to be:
A young man tried to win the love of a young lady. He did this by giving a pair of rabbits (which are the first two petals of the flower), a pair of earrings (which are the next two petals of the flower), and finally a pair of slippers (which are the last two petals of the flower) to the girl. She rejected him and so, heart-broken, he pierced his heart with his sword (the middle part of the flower). Hence the bleeding heart.
But I like to believe that new legends can emerge where old ones fail to satisfy...so here goes:
The young lady loved the rabbits. Adored the earrings. And refused to take the slippers off because they were so comfy and warm. The young lady grabbed hold of the young man's hand and refused to let go while staring deep into his eyes. The man had never seen such beauty and delight which caused his heart to grow then open wide to let all the joy he was feeling come pouring out.
The end? Nope. Just the beginning. #openyourhearttoday #photography #flowers #flowercolors #flowerphotography #flowerpower #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #bleedingheart #lamprocapnos #heart #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos