One of my Restrepia sanguinea plants is in bloom. When I pulled up the picture of the flower I was reminded of one of the reasons I started this blog. I wanted to write an orchid book.
Not a real book, but a vanity book for my friends and family to buy. I had seen a couple of mentions of the self-publishing website Blurb.com and the ease of creating a book and the no up-front cost no minimum order fit my casual and low cost life.
The pictures for it were a challenge. While I have all the photos I have ever taken in digital form in folders by month, the fact that I had to find them again and reprocess them at 300DPI and in one of the fixed sizes allowed by the publishing software made it quite a chore to do. I found that a perfectly good web photo cannot always be made into a print photo even starting from the original. I see that this is the case here and I will see if I can take a new flower picture.
The blog quickly took on a life of its own and I don't know if I will finish the book or not. I enjoy doing the blog for its own sake and I do not often think about the book idea. One of the bloggers I follow recently wondered out loud whether she should continue. I can't answer for her, but for me it helps me stay focused on a big part of my life. The blog has a discipline that, each morning, makes me stop and smell the orchids.