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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Little Walk - Big Plant

On our walk yesterday, or the day before...
we noticed one of the Century plants bursting upwards.

A different one than
Today I brought my camera.
Look how tall it is!
This is a two story building, mind you.


Crazy!

 Look at it next to the Palm tree!


Perspective with J's hand

Other beautiful growth was noted as well.



 A strange story:
Two days ago when we walked, tree trimmers, trimming the trees shown in the photo above.
There is a driveway there, to the left of this photo.
Anyway, on the sidewalk, there at the base of the block wall 
(which is topped with the wood you see here), under the Jacaranda tree,
lay a dead crow, wings tucked close to its body.
As I commented over at Dee's, I couldn't look and so walked around it out in the road.
Yesterday, the sidewalk was clear, no crow.
I wondered briefly about who had done the clean up?
The tree trimmers?
I let, well I insisted my mind not stay there considering how the crow was honored or not.

Today when we walked, there, close to the same spot under the Jacaranda tree, 
on the sidewalk, but closer to the road...
another dead crow.


Back to where the Century plants live,
there are also these lovelies.
I don't know what they are, but I love 'em!
They are so colorful and cheerful.

Among all the strange
May you also notice the beautiful
Be well
xo

Photographs by NAE ©2020




11 comments:

Ms. said...

Beautiful noticing but I can't get my mind off two dead crows, wondering why and feeling sad.

Nancy said...

Michelle, yes, very unsettling. Normally I would have more interest to at least look....but not these days, too much death and sadness. I sure hope the sidewalk is clear tomorrow.

Saskia said...

the plants where you live are amazing, so utterly different from the ones that grow in our heavy clay.
a dead bird is always a sorry sight to see....there's a dead song thrush in our back garden, in the grass (I suspect a magpie did the deed); I've stuck a stick to mark where it is so we don't accidentally tread on it; I'm leaving it for the insects to gobble up and when it's bone dry I'll bring it indoors to the Dwelling
be well xx

Liz A said...

that close-up shot of J's hand with the scales (is that the right term) along the stalk ... I couldn't help imagining it renamed Asparagus giganticus

Nancy said...

Saskia, yes, the variety is fascinating! I hope there is no crow on today's walk :(

Liz, yes, it reminded me of asparagus too.

shiborigirl said...

century plants are amazing. apparently, after they bloom (which is once in a blue moon or 100 years) the main plant will die but not before kicking off a few new "babies". I've seen this in my neighborhood too. The crows here are very active in the moment- crowing, flying around the neighborhood. I imagine they have babies in nests right now. They are battling it out with the mockers. quite the noisy scene!
We saw what I think were crow babies who had fallen*pushed out*been attacked from a very tall palm tree on a recent walk. Sad, but nature has its own plan...

Nancy said...

Glennis, yes, bloom and then die off. Strange when you think about it like that. I'd not heard the part about spewing babies first, so I'll keep my eye on this one! The crows and/or ravens around here are Busy and Loud! These two crows seemed to be adults, but I could be wrong. Nature sure does have its own way. Take care

jude said...

Those century plants, do they have long needles at the ends of the leaves? because someone sent me a small one, at least they said it was that. wrapped in brown paper, in the mail, from Texas. I had it for about 30 years in a pot,
It got VERY big and I gave it to my son who has a greenhouse like loft in Brooklyn, and a year later it sent up a big spike with a flower. all the way to the ceiling.

Dead crows spook me.

Nancy said...

Jude, yes they do. They also typically die off after blooming. What happened to yours?

Deb G said...

Plants are so fascinating in their diversity. I can't look either.

Nancy said...

Deb, endless really, yes?!