I love this shot, taken on a recent trip to Madeira. The island was awash with exotic blooms of the most sumptuous colours and the highest concentration of these were in the three famous gardens – the jardim botanico at Funchal and Monte, and Quinto do Palheiro Ferreiro (Blandy’s Garden). Visiting them was like swimming in an artist’s oil palette.
This humble flower, however, did not reside in any of these grand locations, but was buried amongst the grass by the roadside. Few passers-by even noticed its existence, much less stopped to admire it.
And yet, on closer inspection, what a universe of intricate and delicate patterns!
The photograph reminds me to take time to look a little closer. Things that first appear mundane and commonplace often prove quite miraculous when given their chance in the spotlight.