This photo was taken December 22nd in the Tropical Atrium of the Denver Botanical Gardens. I am so envious of this Powderpuff bud. I would like to be able to present myself to others with this kind of impact and beauty yet, even after all these years, in my 60's I still carry remnants of societal messages of my upbringing: Don't "show off," Keep feelings and emotions under control, Still waters run deep, Quiet people aren't the only ones who don't say much. I've captured explosive beauty many times, with art, with writing and certainly with photography, but these are all methods of witnessing beauty. I want to feel the impact of a personal explosion!