12 March 2010
To Love and Beauty
(Did I mention I do photography, too? Since 1994, in fact, when my dad gave me his Nikon FG with a zoom lens and I realized how much more fun it was to play around with the controls myself rather than let the camera do all the work. A digital SLR with macro and telephoto zoom lenses is on my eternal wishlist, though my point-and-shoot did pretty nicely for this shot...)
I'd never gotten an orchid to rebloom until my "divorce orchid," which came to me after I separated from my now-ex-husband (who is, to put it mildly, not a nice person), came back to life last year. This flower emerged on the first day of Spring 2009 and was followed by a total of 8 more, the last of which stayed beautiful until just after Christmas. A new stalk with tiny buds had already emerged by then and now has several buds including one that appears ready to bloom in another week or so. Again, just in time for spring. "Historically the meanings of orchids have included wealth, love, and beauty," according to one site; I can go with that, certainly the beauty part.
I would love to recreate this image in a glass mosaic, once I've finished coursework for the quarter and finished trudging through a civil court case (related to my divorce) that goes to trial next month, 22 months after I initiated it. Talk about the slow, grinding wheels of justice... If my only reward for following through on that is relief and serenity once it's over, I'll be happy, because it will free me up for better things like mosaics and jewelry and photography and gardening and....
Peace to you all.