Monday, August 8, 2011


"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness...."
John Keats (1795-1821)

Wikipedia says, "The world's richest concentration of orchid varieties is found in the Himalayan region of Nepal." I don't know how correct that is. For me what is indisputable is that beautiful flowers bring joy and happiness.

Suddenly they are gone, leaving me with bittersweet memories. But then, the sadness is my fault for as Vice Admiral Takijiro Onishi 大西 瀧治郎 (1891-1945) poignantly wrote, " can one expect the fragrance to last forever?"

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