Splendour: Chicago, USA

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White orchid blooms

© Sholeh Loehle

Spring is still a bit distant in Chicago, but the orchids inside the Baha’i National Center bloom all year round, 5 or 10 blossoms on each plant. The sun is finally showing its face after months of gray skies, and we are looking forward to a new year.

“In the Rose Garden of changeless splendor a Flower hath begun to bloom, compared to which every other flower is but a thorn, and before the brightness of Whose glory the very essence of beauty must pale and wither. Arise, therefore, and, with the whole enthusiasm of your hearts, with all the eagerness of your souls, the full fervor of your will, and the concentrated efforts of your entire being, strive to attain the paradise of His presence…” -Baha’u’llah

Sholeh is a founder and Photography Editor of Nineteen Months and takes photos with a Canon Rebel. As a child, she was a master fort builder and mud pie baker. Now she reads books, cooks, and doesn’t try to climb trees. She is a certified event planner. She lives in Chicago with her husband, works as an event manager, and blogs here.