Death - mother of all beauty

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    Today I was philosophizing with a friend about éphémère, mortality, beauty and love, and how they are all interconnected.. about moments being precious because they are fleeting. Look at most of the great stories of love & beauty.. Romeo/Juliet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anna Karenina, Orpheus and Eurydice to name a few; all share mortality as a defining element of the story.. and that is the point we were arguing.. that mortality and vulnerability amplify the beauty of everything because what is more fragile is also perceived to be more precious..

    I showed him a set I really love on Flickr which I thought of at that time, www.flickr.com/photos/skorj/sets/472500/, and he showed me these, home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~dmcmill/Photographs.html. Powerful images which I really appreciate. But when I got home I was kinda depressed by all that imagery and I started looking through my collection for something giving the same message, but in a more subtle way... and this is what I came up with.

    Nikon D40 | Nikon 18-55@18mm | f/4 | 1/1000s | ISO360 | Handheld

    Uncle Berty, HiCe, ~ Hatty, seniwati, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. jaime.nic [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful shot!

    2. vampirescu 71 months ago | reply

      very nice Mr. Paul the highlander !! I think that's why Faust wanted to die after he reached absolute knowledge in the first place. :)

    3. paalia 71 months ago | reply

      thx both, glad you like it! ;)

    4. Pommysheilah 71 months ago | reply

      Nice photo, like the idea too!!! What I love about this is the death of the plant as generated new life....I see that as the beauty of death!!!

    5. marcioschuster.com 71 months ago | reply

      Very nice Picture! I wanna have an opportunity to do something like that...

    6. paalia 71 months ago | reply

      @pommysheilah - indeed, that is another aspect of death defining beauty that I was trying to portray here, well spotted :)

      @marcio - thanks! I guess you will have to wait until the next spring unfortunately.. I haven't seen any dandelions around for a while now... :(

    7. Uncle Berty 71 months ago | reply

      Perfect focus, very calming.

    8. paalia 71 months ago | reply

      Thanks Berty, to be honest it wasn't the focus I was intending to achieve, but I too like the way it turned out :)

    9. tapse [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      great picture and story that comes with, i like the focus as well.

    10. paalia 71 months ago | reply

      Danke sehr :)

    11. Philipp Berndt! [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      i can't get tired of it... great job!!

    12. symphony of love 6 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much for sharing this and for making this available under Creative Commons License. I have used this with a quote from Paulo Coelho on dreams at OM | Rekindling the Light Within and I have also shared this edited version with the quote at Symphony of Love's Facebook page and at:

      Thank you and have a great day.

      Infinite Gratitude, Blessings and Love,
      BK

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