Nothing much warmer than a hothouse full of orchids. One of my husband’s memories from his dad: he inherited an orchid and that started our collection. This bloom arrived in time for my daughter’s ninth birthday.
I took this picture during a family visit to Sea World. Not long after our trip, I learned that Dawn was killed by the Orca Tilikum, who had attacked and drowned at least one other person. I also learned that her family begged that the whale be spared because that is what their daughter would have wanted. The joy on her face is so haunting; she was doing the one thing in the world that she truly loved. Yet later, one of those whales would seize her by her ponytail and drag her around under the water until she drowned. I can scarcely think of a more terrifying way to die. I am amazed at the grace that her family showed; the whale was spared and now lives in a private area of the park.
I caught my daughter playing a statue while we were in Sydney Australia. I realized that a reverse photo where my daughter’s backlit shape cut into the colorful outdoor background would be a neat shot to try.