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Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-06

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election rose

Election Day Rose

Raise your hand if this rose looks like how you feel after being dragged through months of ridiculous politicking, conniving, and chicanery. Yeah, me, too.

Normally, Plantidote is here to remind us that there's a better world out there, beyond the idiotic pundits, professional opportunists, "leaders" who consider accidental victims of their horrific drones "bug splat," and serial criminals who think someone getting food stamps needs to experience sacrifice. Today, I'm not doing that. Too many people are hurting in too many different ways, and our leaders are oblivious, locked in a faux battle to see who gets to take the next swing at the pinata filled with poor people. No matter which one wins, we know who loses -- us. There's no way to paint a pretty face on that or pretend it's not happening. Sorry to be so down, but I think the occasion calls for it.

The regular, happier Plantidote will be back soon. Right now, I haz a pissed off :-(


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Submitted by insanelysane on

That picture sure does exemplify the feeling I have as this day has finally come.

A country so divided and polarized indicates we have a lot of work to do to become functional again.
But after the petals fall from the rose, a rose hip forms and inside are the seeds of the next rose bud and a new start.
I am hopeful we can lift ourselves back up and begin the process of healing and fixing our problems.

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Submitted by Alexa on

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Submitted by twig on

I just created an account to get email notices. Just in time for the "kids" holiday shopping!

Submitted by YesMaybe on

I like pictures like this one, not just for special occasions like election day. Spring is thought of as a time of rejuvenation and blossoming. And that's right, but most of the flowers that show up in spring quickly fall or wither away. Even the ones that get fertilized will still have their petals dry out or fall off. Like insanelyinsane said, this is the cycle of life (and death). Part of the reason I like spring is that it puts on visible display the fact that birth and death, and growth and decay, come together. By all means, I would be happy to see more plantidotes such as this one thrown into the mix.

Of course, one could go overboard (I'm not suggesting we also start posting pictures of roadkill).

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Submitted by twig on

featuring flowers in all stages of existence and the ones that are "past their prime" are absolutely stunning, easily as remarkable as the conventional beauty shots. It really highlights the entire life/death cycle through the lens of a brilliant photographer.

Unfortunately, the book is out of print and collectible, so it's pretty expensive. But sometimes copies turn up at thrift stores or garage sales, and if it's not too outrageously priced, it's worth every penny.

Submitted by lambert on

... before the first hard freeze, and so this whole post resonates with me. Thank you, twig, and thumbs up to Irving Penn.

There's no soil without decay, fortunately or unfortunately.

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Submitted by twig on

pretty sure I posted this piece from the NY Times on the beauty of winter gardens before, but just in case, here it is again. Sublime!