Saturday, March 20, 2010

Life's Growing Inspiration

"Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time."
-Albert Camus

If there's one tiny perfect creation that epitomizes life's beauty in my eyes, it's an orchid.  I've loved them as far back as I can remember, so when Sandy and I paid a visit to our local nursery last month I knew I had to have one.  She honoured my request and I picked this one as an early birthday present to myself (here it is sitting in our kitchen)...


There are approximately 25,000 species of orchids. More than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars have been produced, making orchids the largest family of flowering plants in the world.
What do I love about them?  The variations are endless and breathtaking.  Orchids have captured the hearts and imaginations of poets and authors, artists and dreamers throughout centuries for many reasons:

They're spectacularly colourful...

hypnotically beautiful...

erotically suggestive...

and elegantly fragile...

800 species are being added to the list every year, ensuring an endless source of inspiration for those captivated by the timeless beauty of one of life's most exquisite creations.


  1. They are one for my favorite flowers. They are so so beautiful :).

  2. This quote is amazing! I should write it down somewhere! Beautiful!

    I forgot to tell you... Barry White and chill out music:) What about you?

  3. Orchids are one of my favorite!!!

  4. This post gave me a hankerin' to watch Adaptation. If you haven't seen it, it's orchid heaven.

    Also a pretty screwball movie where Meryl Streep gets high off orchid powder...but that's besides the point.

  5. wow, you just taught me something new, and they truly are beautiful!! :) Thank you!

  6. That's a really lovely orchid... I love orchids. It was my mom's favorite flower. She loves white orchids. :-)

  7. I never knew this about the Orchid! How interesting :)

  8. Hi Barry

    Orchid's is a beautiful flower. And the colours is spectacular!!! :)

  9. I'm not a fan of Camus but that is a great quote of his!!! I love orchids. They are too beautiful. When I get married some day I want orchids as my bouquet!!

  10. My favourite flowers :) I got some white orchids in the living room and they make me smile everytime i walk in.

  11. Beautiful flowers :D I love lillies also

  12. I love mine-but they hardly ever bloom, I stink at gardening xoxo