Lives of quiet desperation, devoid of color, poetry, and music
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
—- Henry David Thoreau
It’s obvious that most people live their lives without an understanding of aesthetics and without an appreciation of color or tone — and art is something to be executed or observed — by others.
This morning, because our French guests requested a simple fruit plate with coffee, we obliged. The plate which Mari devised and served was devoid of color or structure. A pale grey to neutral arrangement of fruit covered a pale grey to neutral plate. And instead of opting for the colorful and exotic fruit of the tropics, where we live, she picked pears, apples and bananas — all basically the same color !
The exotic and iridescent pitaya with the light grey center dotted with little black specks like tadpole larvae was served without the iridescent fuchsia peeling . The dragon fruit comes from a cactus and is aptly named.
The photos above were taken in the Santiago Market in Merida, Yucatan on July 12, 2012.