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Callistemon citrinus flowers.

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I was out for a walk today and noticed the brilliant colors of flowers on trees and bushes.  I also noticed something peculiar.   Healthy bushes next to dead ones.   Life and death right next to each other.  A beautiful and healthy bush  – full and lush with bright flowers in abundance – next to a withered up and dead plant.  Why was one alive and thriving – and the other one in the same yard, dead?  It didn’t make any sense to me.  I came across other dead looking bushes around the neighborhood and was surprised to  see that these were not just in an abandoned or neglected yard – but also in ones that were meticulously cared for.  Sometimes there is nothing really wrong.  Sometimes it just is what it is.  It’s the circle – a time for life and a time for death.

It was a puzzle for me.  Life is a little like this – life next to death – color next to black and white.  Openness next to closed and shut up.  A heart with a song – a life with no meaning.  Some people flourish and bloom where they are planted – others stop living, wither up and die.  And like in nature sometimes it is because there was not enough nourishment to the roots – or reason to live – sometimes it was just because it was the time to die.

Is there a time when death can become life?  New from old?   How did it change you?  Is there time to let something or someone go?  Have you ever had to do this in your own life?

Below is a little slideshow of some of the beauty in my neighborhood as I walked along.  I’m taking you along on my walk today – sharing a little of this with you.

Enjoy the color of Seattle – drink it in.

God Bless

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Comments on: "Color in Seattle – Drinking it IN!!" (11)

  1. Greg Holman said:

    Great pictures babe…yes, this is a wonderful time in the Seattle area when Spring finally pokes it’s head slowly up and greets us.
    Sometimes situations in life are like the long winter too – kind of dormant for a while, then spring to life. That’s what calls for patience and faith in us; when it seems nothing is happening and we still trust and invest…then finally a small “sprout” of hope…ahh!

  2. Stunning pics, thanks!

  3. Solomon said it well, “a time to live an a time to die”. Such is the nature of humans.

    Thank you for sharing the photos. I sneezed just looking at the beautiful flowers (I’m allergic to most of them).

    Have a great weekend Cindy!

    • No wonder my eyes are all itchy and watery!! I have allergies too – but I’m taking Flonaise nasal spray and seem to be able to breathe better lately. Have a wonderful weekend too, Moe!

  4. Great post! I love the flower pictures – so pretty. That first image you show at the top is a bottle brush plant/tree. I saw those when I was in Australia for part of my teaching internship. I’d never seen those before and asked what they were called. The lady I asked wasn’t totally sure if there was another name or not, but she’d always known them to be a bottle brush.

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