It's not like I didn't think flowers were pretty before this. I like flowers as much as the next guy, enjoying their colorful profusion and general get-well perkiness. But something came over me when I caught my first glimpse of Delphinium bouquets displayed in the Whole Foods flower department. This was more than the usual Whole Foods glow that makes grocery store items attain a sheen of haute couture appeal. The long stalks of blue violet flowers dazzled me the moment I laid eyes on them. Be sensible, said my left brain. Get your other groceries first and then circle around again to see if you still want them. They're kind of expensive. Anyway, if you pluck them out of their watery bin now, they'll dry out.
As I made my way past gourmet cheeses, handmade pastas and the newly expanded olive bar, I looked back at the flowers. What I saw made my blood run cold. Another shopper was sorting through my beloved Delphiniums. Moments later, I had secured the perfect bouquet and was wheeling my trophy to the cash register, not unaware of the murmers and admiring glances of my fellow shoppers. All that was left was to immortalize them in my photographs, which I present below.