Saturday, June 26, 2010

Part II: How I got waylaid

I had plans and path was crossed by this.

Stopped in my tracks? You betcha.


I had considered doing a flash fiction of the monkey-puzzle tree for Part II of my offerings to the Festival of the Trees. I've written most of a story and thought I might let you guys write the final graph.

But when nature bedecks your path with buckets of red and lavender blossoms you gotta go with the flow, be in the moment. Right?

So here is what I offer. The surprise and wonder of trees. I was in a botanic garden's Australian section. I recognized the jacaranda tree but not the other, which took my breath away.

I searched through the leaves and fallen flowers at the base of the tree but no handy identifying sign was there. I've decided this must be a flame tree. What better name could there be?

Whether you are looking up... or down.
Happy tree fest, everyone.
You can see Part I, which has haiku and flash fic or the monkey-puzzle tree, if you please.
And, oh! The huge dry leaf in Part I turns out to be from the Chinese parasol tree. Is that a cool name or what?


Liza said...

Oh Tricia, the pictures are so beautiful...and I felt this wave of envy...I wanted to see what you saw in person.

Denise Covey said...

Certainly more interesting than stopping to smell the roses, Tricia. Just mind-bogglingly-gorgeous. As far as I can see, that is a flame tree. When a whole stand of them are in bloom together it is like the world is on fire..:)

Char said...

oh yes, when you're given a gift like have to take it.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Oh my heavens- that's just lovely. It's wonderful when nature waylays us with something so gorgeous!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Liza: It did literally stop me still and I gasped. I wish you could have been there, too.

L'Aussie: Oh, I was hoping an Australian would tell me if I got the right name. I looked at the leaves and flower closely and then went online. I bet a bunch of them together would be amazing!

Char: Embraced the moment, I sure did. :D

Stephanie: I just love my camera-phone because it takes such high-quality photos that I can hike and have it in a pocket for a moment like this. Glad you enjoyed!

Angela Ackerman said...

I love all the tree picks you've been posting. I am such a huge fan of trees and I love to 'collect them' in photos.

Love the georgous color seen here. What a colorful pathway!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Tess said...

I love the purple-blue petals and the red berries. such summery images. and, good for you for taking the diversion. that is where the treasures of life are hidden.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Angela: It was the unexpected color that knocked me over. Such an abundance of it. And it felt like a gift.

Tess: They're actually red, bell-shaped flowers. The tree is covered in them. I like that thought of yours that treasures are hidden in the diversion. That's something to chew on.

Jackee said...

Beautiful! So much red and gold and lavendar. I could get lost in a world like that.

I can't tell you how happy trees make me (which you know why I'm crying over the loss of my forests right now)! I have to hurry up and post my festival link/post.

Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Julie Dao said...

I LOVE that name - the Chinese parasol tree, how dreamy and romantic! Beautiful pictures. Nature is amazing and this has inspired me to take more walks.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Jackee: Thank you, and I can't wait to see your post. I know it will be heartfelt.

Julie: Isn't it great? Thank you so much. And, yes, walk in nature. It's always amazing.

Phoenix said...

It looks like a rose-strewn path laid out just for you! How lovely and what an unexpected little gift from nature.

I love it when trees remind us just how much (and how fiercely) we love this world.

Paul C said...

Wonderful colour. We have a flaming maple tree that turns hot oranges and reds in fall. They provide fleeting beauty.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Phoenix: That's it exactly! They do make me realize that fierce love. Thanks so much for that insight.

Paul: I so miss maples. I grew up in NY and Ohio. One of my favorite kid things was jumping in piles of maple leaves.

VR Barkowski said...

So gorgeous. What extraordinary color! Thank you for going "with the flow" and sharing.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

VR: I was sucked right in to it.:D

Ed Pilolla said...

a carpet of paper jewels. stumbling onto that is a gift to you, and now to anyone who has the good fortune to peruse the festival of trees.
pretty, pretty, so pretty.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Ed: Thank you. It was a gift, indeed.