And then you look up and realize that beauty is all around you.
Last year, when Apple announced its new iteration of its handheld device, I flipped at the chance to upgrade to a new gadget, replacing my two year old iPhone 6. The new iPhone 7 Plus was a significant upgrade from my previous phone. Once it arrived, I spent a few days tinkering and toying with all the doodads, features, and screen interactions I was not used to having.
A few weeks later, Apple released a tweak to iOS for iPhone 7 Plus users: a depth of field setting called Portrait that allows one to take a photo while automatically blurring the background to create a portrait effect. It’s a neat feature to have and use, especially when it’s done simply and elegantly. There is no need to import a photo to a different app, or send it to Photoshop or Pixelmator to make the adjustments. iOS’s camera software looks at what’s on the screen and says, “Here, let me do this for you.”
I’m happy with this photo I took in my mother’s garden of the orchids that keep blooming and thriving in spite of her neglect. The orchids grow on what used to be a tree that succumbed to my father’s abusive gardening techniques.
I am glad for the opportunity to look up from my iPhone to appreciate beauty in nature. To me, the orchids are a constant reminder that not everything worth looking for is found on a digital Wall, feed, or by sifting through a Google search.