Monday, April 5, 2010

Ornamental Pear Tree

On a recent day I was out in the neighborhood with my camera when I noticed this tree for the first time. It is amazing how often we walk right past sights of beauty or intrigue, and when one deliberately sets out to take photos, how much more is noticed! I had not taken note of this tree in the last three years. Like so many things we take for granted, it was just there. And now it came into focus. As I approached, I became aware also of the sweet fragrance coming from the blossoms. Like mock oranges, these trees perfume the air. Alas, their life is fleeting. A reminder of that famous quote: "[One must] gather the rose buds while ye may."

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