Nature and human took part in both the sidewalk and the stand of Bamboo. Both settings have been designed by human hands. Both settings have been altered over time by nature.
Nature is the original creator of designs and patterns. Some aid survival such as camouflage. Other patterns change by the moment such as these images of the ocean. Sunlight, clouds and winds are part of nature’s toolbox used to form these passing conceptions. God’s artistry inspires and challenges our limited imaginations.
Key West, Florida is historically renown as a home for crafters and artisans. The unique is highly valued and proudly displayed including this custom designed car decor. Nature takes no back seat to the colors and designs found throughout Key West’s Old Town and perhaps inspires creative urges.
This tree, Starburst, aka Shooting Star (Clerodendrum Quadriloculare), blooms only in the late winter and early spring, so was in full bloom last month during our visit. The large, full, blossoms command attention, which upon closer examination divulge its artistic aptitude.
Acceptance of things we cannot control leads to flexibility within our best-laid plans. Gardeners that enjoy their labors learn early in their endeavors to embrace the challenges that nature places before them. Persistent weeds (any plant you choose not to want in a given space) are the known garden villain. Above ground tree roots are a slow invader that effectively claims proprietorship of space.
My maple tree’s roots engaged me in realigning the garden bed to lawn space in my yard a few years ago. My work is not done however, as its roots have invaded more lawn area. My creative juices have begun flowing as I plan further redesigning of this loved space. Ah, this gardener’s work is never done as I choose to embrace this fiend as friend. I rise to the challenge as do these roots.
The second image is a closely cropped copy of the first image.
This unusually warm, 50 degree, afternoon yesterday invited clusters of winged insect hatchings. I was not sure if the camera would even come close to focus on these tiny creatures, but the late day, low angled sun spotlighted their flight.
These are times when I am tempted to spend many minutes and countless megabytes of space working to create the “perfect” image. Time did not allow it yesterday; but my creative juices are now stirred.