Vancouver this spring was flowered with rhododendrons. I know, rhododendrons are such show-offs, covering and smothering themselves with flowers like a woman wearing pearls and perfume to a campfire picnic. Not my favourite flower. But they reminded me of our trip last spring to Bhutan, a country renowned for its numerous varieties of rhodos and […]
The Florescence of Peonies A coral bud, hard, petals tightly wound ’round your heart the day we brought you home. Look at you now! Poised, beauty and wisdom in winsome ruffles of apricot. And tomorrow? Pale, colour and scent evanescent in the dusk of your life. Grandma, long passed. Still, peonies bloom, blousy, drowsy, […]
Or more appropriately, “Do I see what you see?” Probably not. And what your camera sees is something else.
“Where is that?” “Why are you going there?” “Why would you go to the Middle East now?” This is what Spice and I were asked when we told people we were going to Oman. Our short answer was “For the smell of it.”
When we first saw Joshua Tree National Park and its eponymous Joshua trees, the autumnal landscape had the burnished glow of copper. We, like many people, were entranced by these wildly individualistic trees, their Seussian arms uplifted as if saying, “pay attention to me; I have a story for you.” After finding out more about […]