This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months. Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name. If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.
The photo below was taken during the very early part of WFH (work from home) advisory as a precaution to avoid contracting COVID-19. Stay at home was still a few days ahead. Since eighteen sixty four, this was the first rainless February in our area and spring came early. Just to give some space to my better half who was still getting accustomed to the routine of WFH, I used to take long walks in the morning. The weather was gorgeous, sunny, dry and cool and outdoor was much more inviting than being confronted by an unhappy spouse forced to be confined in an unoptimized workspace. During one of those walks, mile and a half from my home, I was suddenly blinded by the sight of these beautiful trees in full bloom. I had walked by this same street a few days back and I was sure that the trees were barren. I took out my cell phone and took few photos. Sunlight was blinding and I could barely see my cellphone screen due to the glare. As I was going through my cell phone gallery today, I saw a couple that I could resurrect with a little bit of post processing. I am still not happy with the end result because the flowers are not distinct enough. Google lens show this as Eugenia dysenterica but to me it looked more like Cherry blossom. Ah well, what’s in a name. Who am I to question what Keats said; ” A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”.
Brightened the season
And dazzled my heart
Worth the wait
A Rose is a rose
Couple of weeks back, on a weekend, I was taking an after lunch walk with my wife around our neighborhood. The day was sunny and bright but cool. Our dog Skooby was with us. Whenever he goes out with both of us he becomes super excited. As a result our walks become leisurely because he has to stop everywhere trying to take in all the smells that nature presents. This particular day I was rewarded for my patience with Skooby. As we were taking a turn on the road towards our home, my eyes were dazzled with the sight of blooming flowers bathed in sunlight. It was just one tree among few other non-descript trees near a creek. Behind the creek there was a small meadow with tall grass. I could hardly see any leaf on the tree. Whole tree, from top to bottom, was just covered in dazzlingly bright flowers. Sunlight was quite strong and it was difficult for me to get a photo with enough contrast of the whole tree with my cell phone. So I had to be satisfied with a zoomed in shot of the flowers. I had no idea what those flowers were. My knowledge about flowers are minimal. So I had to use Google lens to identify what it was called. Empress tree or one of the members of the paulownia family. If any of my readers can identify it clearly and update, it will be much appreciated.
Bathed in sunlight
Fit to adorn a regina
Empress of the wild
A Rose is a rose
* The name Empress Tree or Paulownia was found using Google lens.
Love at first sight, we assume
Flower, delicate, does not instantly bloom
I savor more the warmth of glowing embers
Than the dazzling spark of a shooting star
As a fine, aged wine courses down and
Radiates warmth within
So does your love, matured and mellowed
Warms my heart to the brim