” ‘Just living is not enough,’ said the butterfly, ‘One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.’ ”
— Hans Christian Anderson
While recently walking near water, I came upon a shiny, dark-leafed flower. The sunlight reflected off its surfaces beautifully, playing boldly with the reflectivity of its robust petals, softly enhancing the remarkable natural coloring of its bloom. The plant seemed to be almost consciously trying to show me that there was light emanating from deep within its heart. This was nature using color and texture to express a true inner vibrancy, presenting an expression of pure illumination before my very eyes. Moments later, the sun shifted. The colors became more subtle, more subdued. But not before I managed to immortalize the inner sparkle of this flower, in this moment, in all its wonder.