Monday, 2 January 2012

An orchid in the snow

"Sternwood: I seem to exist largely on heat, like a newborn spider. The orchids are an excuse for the heat. Do you like orchids? 
Marlowe: Not particularly. 
Sternwood: Nasty things! Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, and their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption."

I know I already quoted the above here, but I had to use it again for this post. I was looking for a new picture for this month and the new year, something that would look like winter yet not too much like Christmas. So I found this one dad sent me, an orchid in the conservatory, where you cans ee the snow in the background. I thought it was an interesting contrast. And at the moment I am reading Farewell, My Lovely. Not the same novel, but it still from the same author and it features Philip Marlowe. So to kick start my year as a reader I am reading a crime fiction classic and to kick start this year as a blogger (yesterday's post was barely more than an announcement, but I will come back to it), I have this interesting picture. Please feel free to give me your impressions about it.


suzanne said...

Nice image. I like the contrast between the delicate flower and the frigid background.

Anonymous said...

The quote and picture match perfectly. The flower against the icy background outside, sums up the contradictions bubbling up within our human beings. We are as beautiful as the flower, as dangerous as an icestorm. A lovely photo, and thought provoking quote :-)

Cynthia said...

I love how delicate it looks!