“Broken Glass. It’s just like glitter, isn’t it?”
This week our challenge is “Broken” – which on the surface might suggest an accident or a disappointment in life. But broken can also be a positive thing. I’ve chose to open my post with a capture of one of our gorgeous magnolia blossoms, which have broken out all over Kiawah this month. The slight tear in the top leaf does nothing to minimize the beauty of this beautiful flower. I’ve used Nik Silver FX Pro to convert it to pure B&W.
“Life was such a precious thing, easily broken.”
Like the magnolia above, as we age there are those who may think we become somewhat broken – contending with issues like failing eyesight, hearing difficulties, and the aches and pains that come with aging bones and muscles. But again like the magnolia, there is also beauty that comes with aging. Dignity, wisdom, and freedom to act without worry about what others think of us are some of the benefits that offset the downside of aging.
“We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us–that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect.”
Each year here in the south, I look forward to the blooming of the magnolia trees. For me they signify the arrival of summer – which comes early in our part of the world. This year we’ve noticed that the magnolia trees are incredibly lush and the blossoms are much more plentiful than in previous years. None of us is sure why they are so bountiful but we are all glad they are. The photographers among us are especially happy to see the large number of flowers blooming low on the trees as they are much more accessible than usual 😄. Unfortunately along with the magnolias, summer can also mean the arrival of pesky mosquitoes – which severely punished me last week as I worked to capture these shots.
“Take these broken wings and learn to fly.”
I especially loved the capture above, which to me shows the beauty of the creamy white magnolia in full bloom nearly but not quite eclipsing the lovely softness of the aging blossom behind it. Again, to me it is a metaphor for our own species, where youth makes a showy presence front and center – not quite managing to obscure the beauty of those with quiet grace in the background.
“Part broken – part whole, you begin again.”
I’ve chosen to close with a final B&W version of the heart of a blooming magnolia. I loved the way the center stands out when the color is removed from the image. This part is hidden until the flower fully blooms, and it is also the part that remains as the petals fall away one by one until it is all that is left. It serves as a reminder that no matter how beautiful we may be on the outside, it is always the heart that is most important, and that remains when all else fades away.
To see more broken examples, take a minute to click here.