Jasmine Downy Pearls – Still Life

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Where do we find still life? Or fine art? Sometimes the ordinary, when examined close up, really is quite intriguing. This is one of our favorite loose leaf teas — Jasmine Downy Pearls. We first discovered it when visiting my cousin and his wife in Chicago, and since then, we’ve been hooked.

Jasmine Tea Pearls - Still Life + Fine Art Photography

When you steep the tea, the leaves unroll and abandon their pearl form. It’s neat to watch. Almost a fine art in and of itself. Still life doesn’t have to be extraordinary to be interesting. Many of the master painters painted the ordinary for their still life fine art paintings… flower arrangements, kitchen utensils, you name it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

For us, we enjoy the simplicity of our loose leaf tea. Steeping these jasmine downy pearls is always a treat; we love to brew a pot of tea on cold evenings, or even sometimes in the morning. In case you’re wondering, nope, neither my husband nor I drink coffee. Probably a blessing; we have expensive taste… I think it’s called a “refined palate” or something, right? 🙂

Still Life + Found Art Tip:

See what you can find the beauty in today! Maybe it’s in your coffee grounds. Or in the ice that’s formed on your car windshield when you go to start the car. Minor annoyances, when looked at, in a different light; their status transforms from modern day inconvenience to found art – still life, fine art, interesting to look at. Take time to find the beauty around you. It’s there, we just sometimes forget to keep our eyes open.

  • What art can you find in your house today?
  • What still life is waiting on your kitchen counter?
  • Is there fine art right outside your door?

Beauty is always present. Life is more pleasant when we remember to stop and look for it!

11 Responses

  1. Valentina


  2. Betsy Finn

    Thank you 🙂

  3. abrianna

    We too are big fans of these unfurling teas. It is fun to watch them open up in the pot. Lovely close up of them.

  4. Betsy Finn

    Yes, that is really intriguing to watch! My husband brought home some “flowering” tea balls once (about 1/2″ in diameter), they were especially neat to see “bloom” in the water.

  5. Kim Cunningham

    So cool! I had no idea about unfurling tea leaves.

  6. Betsy Finn

    Yeah, they really are neat to watch; which is easier to observe in a glass teapot, I will say. 🙂

  7. Kristy, Life-n-Reflection

    What beautiful simplicity captured!

  8. Betsy Finn

    Thanks 🙂 (sometimes the simplest subjects have the most impact!)

  9. kim

    such beauty… the simplicity is truly breath taking…. LOVE.

  10. Lisa @ FSL

    What a stunning picture.. and I’m going to have to go searching for this tea. I have never heard of it before. Visiting from Texture Twist.

  11. Betsy Finn

    Thanks for visiting, Lisa! Yeah, if you have a Peet’s Coffee near you, they carry it… or you can buy it from their store online. I know that Teavanna and other places carry blooming teas as well, but I’m not sure about the unfurling jasmine pearls.

    This particular one is by far the best jasmine tea my husband and I have had. We’ve become tea snobs, sigh!