I rarely watch television. I find little content worth my investment of time. However, today as I waited for Richard to get ready to go, I watched The Discovery Channel. I don’t know the name of the show, but it was about improvements in sniper weapons. They now have a gun and bullet combination that can take out a ‘target’ at 2,500 yards, over 1.5 miles!!! Mind you, they never said anything about what was on the receiving end, moreover, who was on the receiving end. They only talked of soft targets, velocity, and accuracy.
There was a man who spoke, with obvious pride, that he created a new bullet that would maintain supersonic speeds over the entire distance and still have enough power to destroy the target.
I was seriously down thinking about all of the effort that we put into becoming more efficient in violence and death. I couldn’t wait to turn off the TV and get away.
So, when Richard was ready, we went to the Dallas Arboretum to take pictures of flowers. I needed some beauty!
I was, however, not prepared for the type of beauty that I would find, but I’m glad that I did. The Dallas Arboretum is a very popular place for weddings. Today was no exception. From what we heard, there were 11 weddings scheduled for today alone! Also, there were a number of Quinceanos (15 years) shoots. Quinceanos is a big celebration in the Catholic Hispanic community, similar to a sweet 16 party, but it occurs at age 15. It’s a really big deal and people spend tens of thousands of dollars on this very special day.
I saw so many beautiful young ladies today. It did my heart good to see life! I couldn’t resist. I lapsed back to my Next Step ‘mode’ and couldn’t resist asking could I take pictures of certain people. My first person was this absolutely beautiful young lady whose dress caught my eye. Beautiful. She looked at her parent for permission and they happily obliged and asked that if I had a shop/studio, that I put her picture in the window!
Later, I saw a very pregnant lady walking through the gardens displaying her beautifully distended belly. It just struck me as beautiful, natural, and nothing that she should hide.
After watching that horrid program, this was just the shot in the arm that I needed.