I can't say I find them ugly, but there are strange bud-like things in my backyard that appear dead. They have a paper thin petal that looks like a dried autumn leaf, minus the vibrant colors. I can only assume a few people would consider them ugly.
I decided to do everything I could to make them beautiful. Here is the result. Did I succeed?
The color contrast and soft edges make the image much less offensive than the actual bud.