Beauty That Lasts. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl
“Beauty is not caused. It is.”
- Emily Dickinson
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The delicate Hibiscus. Tissue paper thin. Delicate. Elegant. White and pure in soft, pale light. We found these examples in our Indian Lake neighborhood. We were taking a walk, my wife and I, before the end of meteorological summer. It was also before a storm where copious amounts of rain fell in big, heavy drops.
Returning to this spot by the lake after the rain, the soft petals did not last. No longer will they charm us with their presence. But they were here once, and they had grace and virtue.
So, we have a choice in the passing of these flowers. We can lament their demise or celebrate their presence. I stroll with a camera and capture flowers. It is a task that I never thought that I would find myself performing. But I do so to exalt them and what they give us. I do so because they do not last, but they have so much to give us now in their present and again in their remembrance. I capture their temporal image because they are.
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