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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Vignette - Just Beneath the Surface

Wednesday Vignette is hosted each week by blogging pal Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to see her vignette and links to those of other participating bloggers.

We pass each other in traffic, work beside each other, greet each other in the supermarket.  Share a look on a bus.  We see each other's exterior but seldom have any idea

what beauty might be hiding just beneath the surface

If we only cared to take a closer look, to know more than just the mask.
Or we might just discover something heinous.  Life's a crapshoot that way.  New best friend or serialkiller?  Moment of reflective beauty or breeding ground for malaria, West Nile  or Zika virus laden mosquitoes?

24 comments:

  1. Makes you really wonder, here in Florida we are all rethinking about having these lovely catch basins of water in our gardens.

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    1. Such a shame as they really are gorgeous. There are those little floating things that disturb mosquito larvae but not other wildlife, fish, amphibians, etc. I wonder if they could be broken up and used in bromeliad wells.

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  2. Well, according to all the maps I've seen, the Zika-virus mosquitoes haven't made it into Washington yet, so we don't have to worry about that this summer at least. Very pretty Broms.

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    1. Probably not much malaria in these parts either. Look at you, seeing the bright side of everything!

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  3. Those water-catching bromeliads are home to frogs in their native habitats, aren't they? If people housed frogs we'd all have something to talk about - what an icebreaker! ;)

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    1. I've tried bringing our little native tree frogs home with me but they don't stay in the bromeliads long.

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  4. I'm going to just enjoy these beautiful close-ups, nothing else. Reading your post in the morning is my escapism and I'm sticking to it.

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  5. I also imagine some frogs that could be living there :))

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    1. Frogs are always welcome in my garden even though the only ones I've ever seen have been pets that I've brought in. They don't seem to like city life much.

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  6. Ha! Ever since hearing that bromeliads could offer breeding grounds for mosquitoes with the Zika virus, I haven't been able to see them in quite the same way...

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    1. I've never seen mosquito larvae in my bromeliad wells which is strange because I see them in lots of other water receptacles. I keep a little net on hand and dump them into the koi pond for the fish to enjoy.

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  7. Nature is so beautiful. Nice captures.

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    1. Thanks Patsi. Nature is indeed beautiful!

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  8. Cool that you noticed this little detail and made beautiful photos of it.

    I rarely remember to add water to my bromeliads. On the good side no mosquitoes, on the bad side, no surviving bromeliads.

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    1. How balanced of you to see both sides!

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  9. I want to say something witty or wise, but I'm striking out. You are the philosophical gardener.

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    1. I philosophically believe in gardening but haven't made as much time to physically do it as I should.

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  10. So true - it is all in the depth of the gaze and the width of our perspective, isn't it? I'm pretty sure I marveled over those watery wells in the exact same Bromeliads just the other weekend. Lovely thoughts and images both!

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  11. "New best friend or serialkiller?"...now THAT is the question.

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  12. Between you and Anna, the radio show Philosophy Talk has nothing on our Wednesdays.

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  13. You have the gift (?) of being able to make a glass half empty/glass full statement no matter the garden subject. Always makes me smile and then stop and think.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.