TJH: Inspire – As the Orchid Fades

Da Goddess @ 02:07

When you’re a flower, there is an art to dying. One must first droop, then discolor, then dry out. If you manage to get through all those stages, you get “d.e.d.” dead. If you’re lucky enough, someone begins to photograph the process and post to them to her blog. That would be me.

Dried out orchid

Drying the orchid

Orchid in blue light

I love how dried out and translucent they become. The veins. The color. The way they look in different light. Everything! Orchids, and most flowers, can become even more beautiful as they begin to die.

Sounds a little morbid, doesn’t it?


  1. Some flowers look absolutely gorgeous while dying!

    Comment by pam — 2013/08/17 @ 12:02

  2. Rather like people, no?

    I think it all comes down to looking at aging with different eyes and seeing/accepting the beauty that’s there.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2013/08/17 @ 12:28

  3. You have such an artistic eye. Usually I see dying/dead flower and think ‘oh, it’s not pretty anymore’. But you find the beauty in dying. Very important in today’s society.

    Comment by Mrs. Who — 2013/08/18 @ 09:46

  4. I like to think there’s beauty in everything. It’s just a matter of maybe cocking your head, squinting, or having a drink. lol

    But seriously, I think nature teaches us a lot in the way it folds into itself and then becomes a part of the very earth that helped to sustain it. Circle of life and all that. God knew what He was doing when He made us all interconnected.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2013/08/18 @ 21:09

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