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Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 17 April 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

A severe earthquake and a terrorist attack of still unknown origin. Buddhism tells us that our existence is closely coupled with suffering, and this seems to be even more true after days like yesterday. And yet do we continue to exist, are we witnessing life returning in spring. There's hope, but also cruelty in this simple fact.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

You just never know what is beyond the next daffodil, or around the corner :-)

17 Apr 2013 1:54pm

@Curly: Especially around this corner: there you'll find Bolker St, one of the less sophisticated streets of Düsseldorf's old town.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

there's light at the end of a long winter!

17 Apr 2013 8:31pm

@Ted: Much too long! Now we're skipping spring and jumping right into summer!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful architecture as this woman "sits a spell"! The vermilion color in the chairs really warms up this composition.

17 Apr 2013 10:43pm

@Steven: Fortunately the sun warmed up us enough for sitting there! :)

Abena from Illinois, United States

What you say is all true, and the bombings were absolutely horrible. I love the title you give to the image because it has that feel, and how a lot of people do say, anyway...I'm loving your perspective in this too.

18 Apr 2013 12:31am

@Abena: Thanks so much, Abena!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

There's always going to be something horrible taking place somewhere on this planet while you drink your morning coffee or prepare to go to bed in the comfort of your apartment. Man-made horrors OR natural horrors, they are all part of the "gift of life".

19 Apr 2013 1:25pm

@Japanalia: Sometimes it's coming too close, you can't always ignore the news, even if you want it. Media is living from the news, resulting in a general feeling of uneasiness.