Lausanne, Switzerland, taken on March 17, 2013
This huge cactus looks pretty but beware – don’t get too close or its sharp thorns could hurt you!
Louvain-la-Neuve, taken on April 14, 2013
I believe this is one lone cherry blossom, perhaps the earliest one to burst out of its bud, waiting for its companions to bloom into the Belgian spring, which would be a lovely one 😉 (See the original photo in colour.)
Bordeaux, France, taken on April 1, 2012
The way God dresses up His creation amazes me constantly. The simple white dress that He puts on this little flower in bloom is purer and more beautiful than any wedding dress that has been worn by any woman. So much beauty on Earth to admire, so vast is the realm of nature to be thankful for.
Chengdu, China, taken on June 3, 2012
In a pond in Chengdu, the lotus waits to bloom with anticipation.
Bordeaux, France, taken on September 27, 2010
My first encounter with unexpected beauty in Bordeaux was with a pink flower, after a day of stressing over paperwork upon my arrival. She appeared out of nowhere, waving at me outside my residence. Her simple elegance was sheer beauty, and I felt as if I had been kissed by a rose in the midst of my frustration. It gave me some hope.