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It is Just a Matter of Perception

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

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La Basilica de los Milagros in Buga, Colombia
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La Basilica de los Milagros in Buga, Colombia

I like the thought of ornate but it just isn’t my style. When I think of what most people consider ornate I think of churches throughout the world with gorgeous architecture. When you go inside, you find a history surrounded by great artistry. To me this definition of ornate is history, past times, over zealous art work that has no place in my world. I am a minimalist, a person who doesn’t like clutter of any sort clouding my space. I love to look at old architecture, to visit, to imagine, to reflect on the lives lived when these lavish churches were built with such great care. I don’t care for it in my own personal space.

To me ornate is a great photograph of nature, a display set with care of the product being sold, gorgeous flower arrangements, and lovely sunsets. Fruits arranged just right, a lot of color with the beauty shown without too much fuss. A smiling face, an animal that is running, playing, or exploring. That is the ornate I like. It comes down to a person’s viewpoint and taste.

The photo gallery below shows elegance in a way that I can relate to. Uncomplicated, but resplendent. Colorful, but not over-elaborate. My taste, which certainly will be different than others. Therefor, it is just a matter of perception.



I am an American who moved to Colombia to find peace after the devastating loss of my daughter. I bought and renovated a Villa, am learning Spanish, and writing as catharsis. This blog will be like a book with chapters. Each blog will be about my life in Colombia and my adventures. I hope you will enjoy the many new discoveries I am making every day about myself and another culture.

6 thoughts on “It is Just a Matter of Perception

  1. Current trend is towards minimalism in styling and keeping things simple, more on lines of Scandinavian design and aesthetic sense. One of the reason is mass production in factories, where keeping things simple keeps the cost down and suits the profit making concept. In earlier days, everything was hand made, hence ornate style was preferred.
    The colonial architecture especially during Spanish rule must be beautiful, although you have only posted picture inside the church, I’m just wondering if the church building would be equally beautiful and ornate?


  2. The church is beautiful but not as ornate from the outside. I visited so many foreign countries as a flight attendant and found the churches to be my favorite places, especially in Italy and Spain. Such history! You make a good point about things being hand made. I guess it is a matter of the times too. šŸ™‚


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