Beauty Break

An unexpected visitor – a debilitating backache – appeared four days ago. I suspect that over-consumption of toxic political news left the back door open for this unwanted house guest to slip in. It reminds me of another house guest that almost disappeared because it felt so neglected – self-care. I want that one to stick around, we really have a good time together and have gone through thick and thin. Self-care reminded me to let Beauty back in. And, already, I feel like I can breathe more deeply.

I have a very small collection of four orchids. One of them is this Miltassia hybrid which bloomed back in December delighting me with its intriguing speckled petals.

Miltassia hybrid orchid

Miltassia hybrid orchid

After a few short weeks, the petals began to dry up, now looking more and more like spidery insects.

Dried orchids

Dried orchids

With the help of a Photoshop artistic filter, it turned into a painting:


and then into this, almost abstract image, still imbued with a strange beauty:


If you ignore beauty,
you will soon find
yourself without it…
But if you invest in beauty,
it will remain with you
all the days of your life.

Frank Lloyd Wright


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36 Responses to Beauty Break

  1. I love the contrast of the fresh orchids with their later, dried appearance – still beauty there and a lovely visual example of why they are called spider orchids. Nice.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I very much like your drying orchid — perhaps even more than its bloom stage. And isn’t it true, that beauty is as necessary as air? It doesn’t have to cost a lot, or be some sort of rarity. Sometimes, even a slant of sunlight over a dandelion patch will do.

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  3. Patti Ross says:

    Great images. Love the reminder to seek beauty at all times and in all places–that treasure will help us all weather the political storms that are yet to come.

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  4. Sha'Tara says:

    Beautiful photography and artwork. Love the quote by the great architect.

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  5. Kudos on paying attention to self-care and taking a beauty break. I love the orchids and your digital creations Annette. 🙂

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  6. laurasaridavis says:

    I could relate wholly and completely. Thank you for reminding me about flowers and about beauty.


  7. Anarette says:

    Very wise words and beautiful photos. Trying to find positivity is the reason why I am now pretty much absorbed by Benji’s blog… It’s tempting to create an alternate reality and get lost in it…

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    • I don’t think I’ve ever heard about so many different versions of “reality” and “facts” as I have lately 🙂 I have decided that the beauty we create in our lives is as much, if not more, part of the spectrum of reality as those other things that hit the news with more impact. Hail to Benji!

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  8. I simply love this sequence!


  9. KaylaB says:

    I like that you refer to pain and self-care as living entities to welcome and dismiss into your life! I also appreciate, very much, that you took the processing of decaying, and showed that it still too holds beauty. xo


  10. Wow! Incredible. Hope your back feels better, Annette. Take care of yourself first.


  11. I also like the dried orchid flowers, Annette. One of the subjects I like to pursue at times is diminishing beauty (an unfortunate description as beauty is all relative and aging is beautiful too). A very underappreciated vision. I think it is unfortunate that people try so hard to deny their aging by hiding it behind artifice.
    Having been laid up with back issues a few times. I empathize and hope you are improving daily. It really is important to work at staying healthy… says a guy who should follow his own advice.


    • At this point, my back only hurts when I sit in front of the computer or behind the steering wheel – is there a message?
      I very much agree with you on the relativity/subjectivity of beauty. If we compare a wilting flower with a flower in full bloom, we’ll probably prefer the latter. However, if we focus on the wilted flower and study its unique beauty, then there’s no need for comparison, only being with and appreciating this unique object.

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  12. The transformation is fantastic. To find and create beauty from a living thing, as it morphs into old age and then when it is dead, is inspiring


  13. navvirk says:

    Looking at them rejuvenate your soul just like daffofils

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  14. Bintangjasa says:

    say with flower..very romantic


  15. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful, I also have seen these orchids!


  16. NN says:

    Beautiful pictures! I have nominated you for a Sunshine blog award. In case you’d like to participate, see here:


  17. Absolutely beautiful pictures! The quote is ideal…the following quote from Frank Lloyd Wright is one of my favorites: “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.”

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