Valentine’s Day

The Corruption of Beauty

“The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.”
— Georges Bernanos

Seeing that my Gun Control? post went over like a fart in church, today’s photo is an attempt at some abstract redemption. This is one of those rare photos where a title and complete concept for how I would process it came together instantly and spontaneously on first view of the RAW image file. I love that.

James bought this orchid last summer when the cancer was briefly in remission. As it is now in bloom for the first time since its purchase, I thought it was a good subject for a Valentine’s Day photo. I wish he could have seen it bloom.

"The Corruption of Beauty", Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/8.0 at 1 sec., 60mm DX micro

“The Corruption of Beauty”, Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/8.0 at 1 sec., 60mm DX micro
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Somebody Loves Me; It Could Have Been Poo!

I debated whether to publish this post, but ultimately decided to do so. I am fully aware that some of you will perhaps find this post delightfully inappropriate while others will just frown and shake their heads. I believe it is important that I share this information, as I may have discovered something previously unknown and worthy of further study in the field of feline communication.

Last night, the cats and I watched a couple of sitcoms I had recorded on the DVR on Tuesday the 14th, Valentine’s day. My couch companions maintained their usual disinterested attention to the TV. Nothing at all seemed out of the ordinary when I turned off the TV and went to bed and enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

This morning, while cleaning the cat box, I found it. I have noticed for a while that interesting shapes are sometimes created from the clumps formed when the litter gets wet from urination. Typically, I just toss them into a garbage bag and into the outside waste bin they go. This time, however, I had to grab the closest camera at hand, my crappy Android phone. I knew it was the only way I would be able to prove I’m not making this up.