24 October 2011
My Oh My! A Hidden Jewel...
I thought we'd start our gift giving by sharing a jewel from nature which was true serendipity in the finding.
Do you remember my glorious water lily snap from the start of the month?
Well the pond where the lilies grow is on a vacant block of land just up the street from where I live.
Some days when I take Luke for his afternoon excursion [ie: sniff fest] around the neighbourhood we detour and have a little explore of all the treasures flourishing there.
On the afternoon that I captured the bloom above I'd ventured a little further towards the back of the block than I had before. Imagine my delight when I discovered this little treasure.
It was hiding amongst the spiky grasses and quite tiny [see the bottom right photo] and easily missed - fortunately for us I wasn't in a hurry and had plenty of time to marvel in its beauty.
At first I thought it was a Lantana plant but now I'm not sure. Whatever it is, the colours were luminous.
I haven't altered these images in any way and I hope you can see the vibrancy of the crimson, orange and gold sitting gloriously against the gentle green of its foliage.
I guess the lesson for me was that in going gently and venturing into new territory I was rewarded with an unexpected and truly beautiful prize.
This is a concept that I need to be mindful of in my everyday life. How about you?