February is a time of contrasts in south Louisiana. Spring is beginning to hint that it’s about to be upon us; at the same time, it was 26 degrees last night and the devastation is everywhere evident on our 2 acres.
These two photographs are good examples of this contrast. Taken just a few moments apart, I have the first blossoms on one of my cherry trees today. This tree, even though heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, is always the first to bloom, and the first plant to burst forth each year in our yard.
Then there are the remains of last summer’s banana plants. We brought some roots over from New Orleans over 20 years ago, and they never thrive sufficiently to produce fruit (which we used to get in the city). But they’re vibrant and beautiful and fun to have around in the summer. But what a cycle! Every year, beautiful green succulent summer plant, followed most assuredly by a complete die-off with the first freeze of winter. But aren’t they great when they’re dead? I love to explore the sculptural remains with my camera once all the life is drained out of them.
So a study in contrasts today. All in the space of a few moments.
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