Saturday, January 19, 2013

Flame Vine

"Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves 
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
   the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;    
my beautiful one, come with me.”

I see the flame vine on this fence 
nearly every time I drive out of our neighborhood.
I knew I would stop for photographs soon
as it only blooms a certain part of the year.
It is a chilly and gorgeous January day,
and though it had just been spitting rain,
the sky is now a bluest blue.
I had to park around the corner
and walk a bit to get my view up close.
It was worth it.
See the busy bee?
Most of our Florida agriculture
depends on honey bee pollination. 

Look closely again!
Do you see the shadow
of a curly tendril on the leaf?
It almost looks like a word in cursive writing,
but not a word that I know.
No secret message for me this time!
Just a clear reminder of the Creator of Love.

Arise, come, my darling;    
my beautiful one, come with me.
And a long view again.
We need both up close and far away.
Different perspectives.
Same beauty.
Computer drawing by my 11 year old daughter

What will you take the time to stop and see today?

The top photo in this post is my submission this next week.

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley


  1. I love how you see. And this is the second time I've run into this scripture today. I hear a holy echo.

  2. Love the list of photos; so colorful, such a blessing.

  3. Virginia, This little essay has tremendous rhythm and climax! Well done! Are you seeing notices for my new blog on FB? Just posted about plants--including the amaryllis you saw. Thanks!

  4. Dan, I sure enjoyed visiting your blog yesterday. I hadn't heard of it until your comment above, so I'm glad you stopped by to tell me! I just subscribed via Google Reader. Next blog post for me -- inspired by you -- quilt mending and pansy reviving.

  5. I took the time to watch the snow and then sleet. I walked out on the deck in it for a moment. Flame Vine?? Flowers?? This is January, Virginia!! Flowers don't grow in January, LOL, OK, so maybe they do in Florida!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful flowers as they brightened my day!!

  6. Judith, I love living in Florida, but I also love, love, love your gorgeous area of Pennsylvania. You are not far from Dallas, which is where my mother grew up and I still have relatives. I was at Frances Slocum State Park for a family reunion in July.


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