August 12, 2005
1 - Number 153
a palm frond.
On the same evening neighborhood walk when I photographed
yesterday's hibiscus (confirmed as such) this large
palm leaf grabbed my attention. I initially saw it
out of the side of my eye and, of course, stopped
and snapped several pictures, including one with a
Note the gentle half circle, in the upper right, more
visible in the fuller
view shot. The whole image, for me, radiates aliveness
and energy. Though the leaf splays out into a wide
area it remains centered at the core (bottom of the
With this leaf, I wish you an alive, energetic and
full weekend, one where you too remain centered throughout.
Note: When asked for help in identifying this palm,
field biologist Janine Bacquie wrote, "It is
probably a Chinese Fan Palm, Livistona chinensis.
Native to China and Southeast Asia, as well as the
Middle East and Africa. "
Sam and I have lived in our community for over 2 1/2
years now and this week was the first I noticed this
particular palm plant. When attempting to check it
out this morning a neighbor pointed out that many
of the houses are using it to camouflage the electrical
power boxes that are on our lawns.
I started comparing it with the other low cut palms
and continued to be impressed with the aliveness and
grace of this plant.
My invitation to you is to spend some time this weekend
looking around you, noticing
things you have not seen before. You might make a
list. Note what it is that is attracting you and why.
Then remember those things that give you a smile and
make you feel good so that you can "visit"
them again. In the future, if they are no longer there,
you may want to recreate them in your mind, to recapture
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