“Joy in one’s heart and laughter on one’s lips is a sign that person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” –Hugh Sidey, Journalist
I ran across the above quote awhile back, and it came to mind as I was uploading the last few pics from Jack’s vacation week.
The return of Florida’s iconic sunshine allowed us to spend his final 3 days beachside, with plenty of time for laughs and conversation.
If there’s a plus side to geographic separation from family, it may be the startling awareness of growth you notice when reunited. In early childhood, visitors exclaim “look how BIG you’ve gotten!” and I found myself thinking the same of Jack, not physically of course (although he is GIGANTIC ) but emotionally and–for lack of a better word–spiritually.
In the annals of Jack’s life, 2013 will be recorded as his first big “setback year” sooner or later it happens to all of us, and how we react (and cope) determines much of what comes next. From my vantage of time and distance, I was thrilled to note big changes in self awareness, sensitivity, and character since his visit last May. His sense of humor is as irreverent as ever, and deep down he has a pretty good grasp of life.
Vero Beach is home to the Greenway, a 3mi. nature trail that loops through oak forests and wetlands alongside the Indian River Lagoon. While walking there Sunday, I photo-graphed an oak log totally covered in mushroom-like growths. When I got home, I ran straight to Google turns out I’d seen Trametes versicolor, a polypore (bracket fungus) seen mostly on sick or decaying hardwood trees. In the next photo, you’ll see why this fungi’s fruiting body is commonly called “Turkey Tail:” T. versicolor’s banding pattern resembles the tail of a strutting turkey! Most are dark to light brown, alternating with light colored bands of white to tan, with still more bands of blue, gray, orange or maroon. They can be strikingly beautiful, and are among the fungi most easily observed in the wild. Unlike their mushroom “cousins” that disappear quickly, Turkey Tails are leathery and long-lived, with some shelves lasting an entire year.
Living near the ocean as I do, my cell-cam is full of shots featuring birds and beach-goers against horizons of surf and sand. I swiped through the lot of them for this week’s challenge and decided most were repetitive, boring and–for lack of a better word–flat. Not so, this one: I love everything about these old friends gazing at the horizon.
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I’m partial to these next images because they draw the eye to a midpoint on the horizon. First you notice the queen palm, and then the sliver of beach where sky meets land at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.
A beautiful sky over the road to Key West: adventure pulls us toward the horizon.
For this week’s photo challenge, WP demands, “Show us your curves! :eek: In an effort to keep the challenge “clean” and give you a rare glimpse inside smallhouse, I present to you the perfect curvy subject:
The plant above is a Madagascar Dragon Tree, aka Dracena Marginata. Although mine is solid green, varieties with pink/white/red stripes are also available. As you can see, 4 slim stems curve upward from a central trunk, winding this-way-and-that as the plant matures. This amazing indoor specimen thrives in low light environments! 4yrs ago, I placed it dead center in my open floor plan house, and it still looks as heathy as the first day.
Now let’s adjourn to the garden, for a different set of curves:
A week ago, this croton aka Codiaeum Varieagatum was a mere tip cutting, a rootless “stick” with the tiniest hint of budding at the very top. Through the miracles of copious rain and good potting soil, fresh leaves are now curving and curling nicely!
Crotons are bio-genetically unstable with an ability to “sport.” In layman’s terms, this means they often mutate and produce offspring that look nothing like themselves. Judging from what I’ve seen so far, my new little croton will be much like the Ram’s Horn variety from which it came:
Now that’s what I call lots and lots of curves!!!
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…..and enjoyed being alive (with a great Ethiopian brew!) in pretty surroundings:
Quand les vieilles dames ont quitté leur table (polite translation for ”when the old broads left their table?” ha! French café and all that :)) I moved to their spot by the window…Hmmm….look at all those people…are they inside or out? Fleeting images are so confusing!
It was then I noticed une autre vieille dame starring at me! What is with this window and old folk!?
During the first week of May, Vero Beach was alternately shrouded in haze, drowning in rain, or baking under the sun. As you can see in these pictures, all three seem to be happening at once….that’s what I call fleeting weather!
A thundercloud above cast our chairs into shadow, but looking toward the east you can see the sun’s glare and the hazy outline of people playing in the surf! Such strange, fleeting light that day!
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