I’ve been hesitant to post photos lately. I know that I’m not much of a photographer, although I enjoy playing with a camera, and there are many excellent photographers working in South Florida. Unless I chance upon something newsworthy, what’s the point?
Still, when a friend offered to drag me down to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens for their annual Orchid Festival, I decided to go and snap some shots. The news around the state, nation, and world has been astonishingly depressing, so I had hoped some ordinary beauty would perk me up enough to finish some of my other essays.
For a few hours, the ordinary beauty of a bright day, fresh air, and exotic flowers helped lift my spirits. I wish I could have held the feeling for longer.
When I started editing the photos I nearly scrapped them all. I tend to compare my own work to that of professionals, and it doesn’t compete. I’m often embarrassed to even use them to break up my stories, and this batch was no exception. Then again, plenty of high-quality photographers routinely surround their images with mediocre text.
Perhaps I’m setting the bar too high.