Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hawk Alert!

I was out back pretending to read a book but really just enjoying the ambiance of the late afternoon. There was a gentle breeze that took away the oppressiveness of the humidity. The hibiscus had put out nineteen blossoms, an enchanting sight! And finches were chatting in the butterfly bush. Suddenly, something big and feathery swooshed from around the house and landed in the tulip tree. It was a hawk! The energy, which had been so peaceful a moment ago, went into lockdown. Nothing moved or chirped or, seemingly, breathed, myself included. Had the hawk scored a meal? I slowly got out of my chair and walked toward the tree to assess the situation. The hawk took off. Life returned to the backyard. I wish I understood finch – they were having an extremely animated conversation.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Awed by Hibiscus

Wow! The hibiscus bloomed today. I have been watching the buds emerging and filling out. I knew the flowers would be big and bold but I was awed all the same. They are dinnerplate-sized and brilliant red. I feel like I should have a party in celebration for them because they won’t last long. They open in the morning and close by early evening. Tomorrow I will find them withered or fallen, though there will be new flowers taking their place. I think about the energy the plant must put out to produce such a magnificent display. Quite a gift to the world.