Century in prime,
Blooms stalk, stretch, reach for the clouds.
Stand tall- end is near.
Stark contrast to life,
Leafless, naked, dry branches.
Decompose- feed earth.
Healthy ground grows roots,
Nourish seeds, sow souls, future.
The first two photos were taken near Fossil Creek (AZ). Century plants bloom once and then the plant dies. I love seeing the huge flowering stalk, because it looks neat, but am sad because I know the plant will die. As I looked through my photos, I had the thought that each day we live, we are closer to death. That’s the way life is…but wouldn’t it be sad if we lived and died and never had the chance to make life prettier?
The last photo, I took in my yard. We have several oak trees bursting with clusters of acorns. (I no longer wonder why I see so many squirrels scurrying in our yard :)) I thought it fit here as a reminder that while life is dying, it’s also renewing itself.
Anyone else have The Lion King song in their heads now?
You’re welcome! Have a wonderful Wednesday.