Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Symmetry.
Our instructions: “Share an image of symmetry. Don’t limit yourself to architecture — you can bend this theme in any way you’d like.”
I love symmetry and balance. Chaos makes me twitch. But I concede, sometimes you need to sprinkle a little chaos into your life to keep things exciting.
Against all odds, I have an orchid that blooms twice a year. I keep it next to a window in my bathroom — I think it likes the humidity there. After that, I pretty much ignore it. I forget to water it for weeks at a time. I never fertilize. I’ve never changed the pot. You orchid enthusiasts out there are probably about to throw an aneurysm. It’s only a matter of time before it stops blooming. But for now, it blooms.
And . . . it’s symmetrical. As far as exotic varieties go, it’s definitely one of the more pedestrian orchids out there. But this is my orchid. There are many like it, but this one is mine (nod to Full Metal Jacket).
My first crop of this photo was a little too symmetrical, too balanced. So, I decided to sprinkle a little chaos and leave it slightly off-kilter (hello, rule of thirds), and include the orchid buds off to the side. It’s symmetrical without being rigid. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
ISO 400 | 105mm | f/14 | 1/60 sec