The Beauty of Decay Close Upl

The Beauty of Decay Close Upl

Beauty in Decay Cattelya Orchid-2

There is nothing more lovely than a flower. Colorful, sensual, maybe a little erotic. Only we humans see flowers for their beauty. Nature’s gift. Temporary perfection. In order to hopefully perpetuate their beauty, we buy millions of replicas made of plastic and silk. A poor substitute in my mind.

The cycle of life is unstoppable and these delicate blooms last but a short while. They all too soon shrivel and dry to be replaced by another. But wait. Look closely. There is beauty born anew in decay. Faded, wrinkled, fragile, yes, but lovely all the same.

My twenty-five-year-old cattleya orchid usually blooms twice a year, in spite of my neglect. The efflorescences are stunning, of course. But, as the blooms, pictured here, wither and decay, I am taken by their lingering loveliness. While not suggesting any loveliness, perhaps I am seeing a bit of myself here.

Beauty in Decay Cattelya Orchid-2

We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves. 

___Andy Goldsworthy

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Beautiful pic, colour & contrast makes me think of Rembrandt.

    1. You are too kind. Thank you and thanks for visiting.

  2. Fabulous colours in these images, Ron, and the lighting is perfect. Your Cattelya has certainly given you much viewing pleasure over the years, and has been the subject of many photo sessions. 🙂

  3. I love these fading blooms, Ron. They do gently remind us that we’re all part of nature’s growth and eventual decline.

    1. Thanks Cathy. The enevitability of our vulnerability.

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