What Catches Your Eye
Drew and I recently took a car trip – starting at our home in Conway, Arkansas – south through parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and back. Our Southern Trip, we creatively called it, stopping to visit family and friends along the way.
Coastal Florida was relaxing...and chilly.
Mardi Gras parades were electrifying...and chilly.
Extra layers were certainly helpful.
But it was the flowers, oh the unexpected flowers – in February! – that warmed my winter-weary soul. Tulip trees laden with pink blossoms, daffodils bedecked in yellow frills, tulips and azaleas aglow in shades of Easter basket delight.
(My word choice... too flowery, perhaps... but if flowers don't inspire poetry, what does?)
There was one camellia bush, in particular, that caught my eye. Its brilliant red flowers seemed to shout, "Spring is Really Here!" (at least in Florida.) The blossoms were too beautiful among the glossy leaves to snatch one off the branch, so I searched the ground below for a recent dropping. I found one, fingered its soft petals, and placed it gently in my pocket.
I took it back to our bed and breakfast and positioned it on a window sill to admire throughout the evening.
Then left it the next morning floating in a fountain, the redness adding a hopeful sign to the leftovers of winter.
And I carried a piece of that hope with me, as we drove on down the road.
3/15/2023 04:57:58 pm
How fun to travel through the Southern States and see spring emerge and enjoy the vistas, culture, food. Mardi Gras looks like it was super fun with the floats and your beads. I like your comfy and soft looking hat. I also like the statue at the fountain you chose to float your flower in -- the face looks thoughtful. Here's to happy hope filled memories.
3/16/2023 01:36:08 pm
3/15/2023 07:09:26 pm
I thought I had forgotten what flowers look like after our lingering winter!
3/16/2023 01:39:01 pm
Hi Bonnie, I know you must be SO ready to see those first green shoots pushing through the ground. I hope these photos of flowers gave you a bit of hope that spring WILL happen.
3/21/2023 11:49:02 am
Hi Twylla, It was fun to read about your trip and enjoy the flowers along with you! I took a long walk through our neighborhood during the early evening yesterday. I took pics of the magnolias, daffodils, etc. Happy Spring!
3/30/2023 07:32:43 pm
Yes, Happy Spring, Viv! I always pay more attention to nature when I take pictures. Every season has such beauty, but especially spring. 🌷
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