An Orchid for Easter

Pale pink orchid.

I know, it’s supposed to be lillies for Easter.

I chose this image not only for its springlike delicacy and freshness, but also because it demonstrates that sometimes transformation is not about changing who we are, but about removing the distortions of perception to reveal a hidden and more beautiful truth. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to peel away those layers of interference.

This is the image that came out of my camera:

Uncorrected orchid image.

There wasn’t enough light at the orchid show, and what light there was—well, it was horrible mix of tungsten and fluorescent. This original image is a masterpiece of noise, blur, and murk. (Sounds like a good name for law firm, maybe!) It would be easy to look at this picture and throw up one’s hands. It looks like a hopeless case.

But in my mind’s eye I still saw the beautiful form that prompted me to take the picture in the first place. So I spent a ridiculous amount of time operating on it with the astonishing software tools now available to any old schmoe like me. And while the resulting photograph is a long way from showing the true glory of the flower, I think I can claim that it’s meaningfully closer.

Perhaps only the mind of God can see the perfect reality of each thing—its intricacy, its integrity, its inherent beauty. Nevertheless, I believe we can each make the effort to look upon ourselves, others, and the world around us through the lens of love. We can experience the transformation that comes not from a change in what is observed, but rather one that is revealed through changing the way we see.

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2 Responses to An Orchid for Easter
  1. Dale Favier
    March 30, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Happy Easter, Nina! Thank you. Love you.

  2. Jess
    March 30, 2013 | 7:58 pm

    I love your thoughts on the way God may see beauty in people. That made me smile. Thanks for sharing! :)