"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentine – With Orchids & How Do I Love Thee? – Part II

I've had just enough time...   to celebrate another Valentine Day cum Chap Goh Meh Day

When flowers kisses...

When I finished reciting that poem, one farmer’s wife clapped very enthusiastically and very loudly. Only one. The rest stared at me in stoney silence maybe wondering if I have gone out of my mind. I cannot remember how I connect the poem with the rest of the technical report but I must have done it somehow for I finished it off quite acceptably to receive decent applause at least, if not as enthusiastically as that farmer’s wife.

But I never tried that stunt again in the other towns and cities. Not in Victoria with my stories of crazy Gila birds that hanged like bats and where that pretty reporter asked me to squeeze in with her into her small car with her microphones saying “it sounds better this way”. Not in the imposing steel and glass towers of Sydney. Not in Wagga Wagga where I was in my elements with my stories of tip toeing naked kangaroos on cold autumn nights and the horror of being naked in a hen house of hundreds of excited chicks. That performance got me a TV interview and the invitation to go rice sowing on a light plane.

Mmmm… Come to think of it, maybe the timing was just not right. Maybe, I should have recited it only on Valentine Day.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; 

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. 

I love with a passion put to use 

In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, -- I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height 
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight 
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. 
I love thee to the level of every day's 
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. 
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; 
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. 
I love with a passion put to use 
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. 
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose 
With my lost saints, -- I love thee with the breath, 
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose, 
I shall but love thee better after death.

A lovely pair...


  1. 1000 Reasons - Farewell, my friends.
    Sorry friends, for uploading so many at one go. But I need it to do so for my blog. Hope all of you a Happy Valentine and hope to share my orchids with you. Until next year! :)

    1000 Reasons - Farewell, my friends.
    When Flowers Kiss...

    Beautiful shot. Excellent composition and colours Thou

    henrhyde (gill)
    Great focussing and macro presentation

    The Visual Poet
    Lovely! Happy day!

    What a delightful image my friend!
    Hope you had great Valentine's day.

    Dahai Z
    ...I blush...

    You beautifully captured the two elegant ladies,Thou !!! They are all smiles and grace and they pleasantly emit pure light ...
    Happy Valentine's Day,my friend ❤

    Kim's Pics :)
    Happy Valentine's Day.....what beautiful blooms these are, lovely colors!

    So gorgeous flowers and very well composed, beautiful colors and lighting, wonderful photo Thou!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Rebecca Ang
    So lovely to read and re-read Browning's poem - a classic. You cracked me up with the account of your speech :) It's hilarious!

    oola n
    all the orchids are beautiful... I like this one in particular because it is so special.. the orchids reache for the petunias... who reach back... they make no distinction about specialness... would that all people could be as nature...

    Your such a wonderful and beautiful dream !!

    Jeff S. PhotoArt
    Excellent work, well done! have a great week !

    Yasmin de light
    Such a pretty collection of Orchids Jimmy - very hard to choose any favs from here. Still, they certainly decorate your page beautifully. I hope you had a lovely Valentines day. I am sure your other half was over the moon being surrounded by such lovely beauty all nurtured by your caring hands. Wishing you a happy week and the best with your blogs : )


  2. Onasill
    Superior light effect with the snap.

    ineedathis 9 days ago
    Superb specimen!

    Gorgeous orchids with a admirable back drop

    Onasill 9 days ago
    The details and the light effect is very becoming. My compliments

    Yasmin de light
    Lovely lighting in this one

    A wondrous series on Valentine Orchids Thou. Have HVD and greet weekend.

    Hi Thou-San, all of your orchids are lovely. This one may be my favorite, but it's difficult to choose. Thanks for sharing their beauty with us on this special day.

    outstanding image.................

    So yellow and so beautiful !!! It's smiling at me,Thou,it's live on my screen ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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