Orchids, Magnolias and Intuition – Picture to Ponder – Vol 5 – Issue 6

by Sheila Finkelstein on February 25, 2009

Magenta  orchids in AOS greenhouse

Magnolias in Dallas Arboretum

Today’s Picture to Ponder Photos
Orchids from the American Orchid Society greenhouse and Magnolias from the Dallas Arboretum

The Story
Life has been rich and full with amazing, transformational courses and, even more importantly, with visits and time spent with family and friends.

The top orchid photo was taken when I was sharing my beloved AOS gardens and greenhouse with cousins from NJ and their two sons, one of whom lives in San Francisco and the other, in Vienna. What a delight it was to spend the day with them sharing my local Nature paradises.

Back to the orchids – I had been drawn to the image, not sure why, when I downloaded it into my computer. I was “testing” it out for use in Picture to Ponder and set it aside. Then yesterday, it popped up on my MacIntosh monitor, seemingly out of nowhere, while I was working on my Windows laptop. So, I’m trusting that there is a reason it wants to be with you.

The lower photo, magnolias, opening and reaching out, was taken in the Dallas Museum during a tour with Rebecca, my wonderful and generous hostess and friend. The flowers themselves seem to happily be welcoming Spring, officially here in three weeks and a couple of days.

Both photos work together compositionally in colors and opposing directions of the linear patterns.

Today’s Self-Reflecting Queries
Recently, I have been coming more aware of my intuition, a somewhat alien field for me since I’ve always said I wasn’t very intuitive. Despite that, throughout the years of publishing Picture to Ponder and selecting photos for it, I’ve often said that particular photos “wanted to be with you,” a form of intuition, I’m sure.

Experience and hearing from you has me know that a photo or photos, and sometimes the writing, in each issue will have a profound impact on at least one of you. So I started trusting that if something “pops” out at me, it is meant to be here for you. I therefore am especially curious if today’s orchid photo has a elicited a particular response in any of you.

In querying myself, I decided to print out the photo, to move away from the computer and use it as a journaling, writing prompt. I invite you to do the same. I will point out that, for me, the experience of the photo was quite different when printed out, so I wrote also from memory.

Not wanting to “color” your response, should you choose to take on the journaling exercise, I will not discuss the photo further and should you wish to blog on it, I’d be glad to share some of my writing experience in follow up comments.

All of this is evidently coming from my intuition. Are you tuned into yours? If you think not, I invite you to pause from time-to-time today in whatever you are doing and notice if your thoughts suggest a particular action… could be something very small, such as pick up something, move across the room, or any one of hundreds of things. If so, pay attention in a way you might not have done before and have fun with it.

Moving on to, perhaps, a totally different conversation – In the last issue I mentioned “gratitude.” Once again I am very present to it, after a week away consisting of two days with like-minded businesswomen and five days with friends and family, then visits with more who have traveled here to Florida.

I invite you to express gratitude for that for which you are currently most appreciative. Sometimes it may not always be so easy. If for some reason you are in that space, I invite you to look around you, find a color, a shape, something which attracts your eye. Be with that for a minute or two and find the gratitude that you can pull from it.

As always, when you’re finished, I invite you to share your experience in the COMMENTS section of this blog. And, remember to have fun, or if this got “heavy” at the end, to find peace.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Morgine Jurdan February 25, 2009 at 11:09 am


I am very busy today, however, looking at your flowers really had me thinking about OPENING UP to ALL the DIFFERENT SIDES of our experiences. If I simply isolated any one of those flowers and examined that “perspective” they each would be totally different.

So I realize all of life is a Reflection and there is no “accident” I paused to ponder your photos this particular moment this morning. I will endeavor to realize as I “engage” with my day, that there are always more different ways to play with what I am doing or experiencing. If I merely adjust my Perspective just a little, it might be a Lot more Fun!!

Thanks so much!! Morgine


Marifran February 25, 2009 at 11:51 am

Hi Sheila,
Orchids seem a great symbol of life – beautiful and delicate. An orchid is strong in its own way. With the blue background there is more contrast, bringing out at least the assumption of more strength.
It’s perception that makes the difference in life and in photography.
What I’m grateful for is you, Sheila, and your unique perceptions that touch so many of us in different ways that have no end.
Thanks you,


Peggy Kemp February 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Hi Sheila,

It never fails to amaze me that your topics are always so in line with my day when I open them up. This morning on my way to work I was thinking about you and your Pictures to Ponder, and about how much I enjoy them every week and that I needed to change my email address, since I have moved. I went in and did the address change and look forward to receiving the pictures as usual. I am grateful! Thank you so much for the energy you put into this sharing, the lovely photos, the inspiration prompts.

Aloha from Kauai,


Lauren Strouse February 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Your photos made me think about a walk I took yesterday with my cocker spaniel friend, Rockie. One of the homes we pass on our way to the park has a large magnolia tree. Saturday it was filled with blossoms, yesterday the ground beneath the tree was carpeted with the huge pink and white petals – still a beautiful sight in their own way. One of the other yards was a spring delight – with cheerful little clumps of yellow daffodils and early tulips. Some years spring in California comes and goes so swiftly it is easy to miss all of the subtle changes. It is good to take the time to truly look at the world around us; to see the beauty that is literally everywhere, to connect with life. Your photos help to remind us of this. Thank you for doing what you do.


ForestWander Nature Photography February 26, 2009 at 8:16 am


I love orchids and Magnolia trees!

I can’t wait for spring.

They are around here every where.

Thank you for sharing.


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