Beautiful in Death

by Benny Law September. 30, 2019 105 views

Not long ago, there used to be a potted pink orchid plant in my family room. I think it was a gift from someone. Normally, I didn't pay much attention to it until I was looking for some object with which to test a new camera lens or the camera on a new phone. As I roamed through the house looking for my target, I usually ended up picking the pink orchid.

One day, I found myself looking for a shooting target again. I had just bought a new Android budget phone (the Moto G6), and I really wanted to put its camera through its paces. Again, without thinking much, I went to the family room looking for the trusty orchid. Alas, it had already withered!

As I was standing there feeling sorry, disappointed, guilty, ... I kept looking at the dead orchid flowers with their dry wrinkled petals, and I gradually began to think, "Hmm... these flowers are still kind of pretty in a different way!" Instead of looking for a different target for my phone camera test, I decided to challenge myself to try to bring out this hidden beauty of the dead orchid in my test shots.

Below, you will find photos of the live orchid and a photo of the same plant after it died. (What a shame.) Do you think that the orchid was still beautiful in death? Let me know in the comments!

OK, I didn't go into all the details, but there were actually more than one orchid plant that lived in my family room at different times. This was a predecessor of the one below. If you take a closer look, you will see that it's a different plant.

OK, I didn't go into all the details, but there were actually more than one orchid plant that lived in my family room at different times. This was a predecessor of the one below. If you take a closer look, you will see that it's a different plant.

This is the plant that I photographed after it died. It looked so vibrant when it was alive.

This is the plant that I photographed after it died. It looked so vibrant when it was alive.

A macro shot of one of the flowers of the orchid.

A macro shot of one of the flowers of the orchid.

And here it is, still beautiful even in death! At least in my eyes it was.

And here it is, still beautiful even in death! At least in my eyes it was.

And, as a bonus...

This is obviously not an orchid, but it fits the theme of beauty in death. These dead flowers were still standing on their stalks above a snow-covered ground, and they just caught my eye. Photographed in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

This is obviously not an orchid, but it fits the theme of beauty in death. These dead flowers were still standing on their stalks above a snow-covered ground, and they just caught my eye. Photographed in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

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Jet28 1 month, 1 week ago

I agree - even in death it is beautiful. I put these orchids in the garden after the flowers die - if you cut back the flower head they will flower again.smile

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Benny Law Replied to Jet28 1 month ago

Thanks for the like and the comment/tip. I have just downsized to a condo, so I don't have my own garden now :(

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful series! I like the variety - the softness of #1, the clarity of #2, and the textures in #4.

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Benny Law Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Bethany!

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