I present you the conclusion of my perfect trifecta of blog posts for the day. This particular post puts more of a smile on my face than the other two combined, because it displays one of the simple moments of beauty present in nature.
Here's a crappy photo of an orchid I keep in my office - as of a few weeks ago, when the buds were just beginning to open:
And here it is, as of this morning, in full bloom:
My cell's cam doesn't nearly do a good job of showing off the delicate purple veins near along the extremities of each petal, unfortunately. This particular plant was a "rescue" from a back shelf at Home depot last year, it was in terrible shape. I'm very pleased with it's progress though!