Leaving my front door, the first thing I noticed was this American flag. The flag is not, technically, in my yard, even though it's visible from my front door, so I don't think I'm breaking the winter walkout rules by including this vignette.
Passing by their garden this morning, along the sidewalk in front of their house, I noticed a red camellia bloom with multiple centers: colorful, perfectly imperfect, brightly shining for a few days...and then gone forever. How's that for reading meaning into the natural world?!
As I passed under the sand live oaks whose finery of Spanish moss had caught my eye, I looked up into the interior of one of the trees, relishing the texture of the heavy, sinuous branches with their finely textured leaves against the sky.
Despite the February date, azaleas are in full bloom around here - about 3 weeks earlier than normal. It always amuses and entertains me to imagine how azaleas mirror the personalities of their owners. This big, beautiful plant feels like a woman with her hair down, relaxing in the sunlight.
As I finish, though, I have to wonder what it would be like for different people to walk the same route and share what caught their attention. Wouldn't that be a fun way to compare and contrast how each of us sees the world differently?! Another project for another time, I guess. I hope you're enjoying the world around you, whatever season your weather is bringing these days, wherever you're planted.