For Paula’s ‘Thursday’s Special- Pick a Word’, I’ve chosen the word ‘transience’. A good example of the meaning of the word, is firstly the reddish purple fruit of the majestic and classic Florida Royal Palm, which soon disappears as it’s a good food source for birds. The second transient thing about it is that each ring on the trunk of the tree signifies a leaf frond which has died and fallen off. This palm tree which is considered to be the most beautiful palm in Florida, can grow up to 80 feet tall and has a life span of about 100 years, so the tree itself is not at all transient.
A few weeks ago I noticed something bright orange clinging to the top of a neighbour’s tree across the lake. From a distance, it looked like the wind might have blown a brightly coloured plastic bag up there. Eventually, my curiosity got the better of me and I zoomed my camera in on it. A single spray of beautiful flame colored flowers.
When we returned from our trip to NJ, I was delighted to see that the tree had been very busy producing many more of these lovely bright blooms. How beautiful they look against the blue Florida sky. This is a Royal Poinciana also known as the Flame Tree, for obvious reasons.
Our immediate family has seven May birthdays, all within two weeks, and today is my sister’s turn. I’ve sent her flowers of course,
and have just called her to wish her many happy returns of the day.
Hope you all have a relaxing and happy weekend.