Autumn Pond 2

tropical pink waterlily

tropical pink waterlily

I thought you might like to see some other parts of the dam … not just the lotus plants. This is one of my favourite lilies, that flowers reliably late into the autumn. It had a blue form too …

blue tropical waterlily

blue tropical waterlily

After playing about on the stepping stones and harvesting a few lotus pods, S and the four year old investigated the possibility of eating lotus seed, taking it apart, removing the bitter green centre, and then munching away. Delicious they decided.

collecting Pickerel Rush seeds, tasting lotus seed

collecting Pickerel Rush seeds, tasting lotus seed

I wandered off, spellbound as usual by the glory of the afternoon light.

Pickerel Rush flowers

Pickerel Rush flowers 

and on the far side of the dam, near the vegetable garden and hence benefitting from extra nutrients, I noticed how our incredible self-spreading crocus have created a rather marvellous foreground to the tropical lilies.

crocus as foreground

crocus as foreground

More on life and death from Hafiz: do you like the idea of being simply “a midair flight of golden wine“?

Deepening The Wonder

Death is a favor to us,
But our scales have lost their balance.

The impermanence of the body
Should give us great clarity,
Deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes

Of this mysterious existence we share
And are surely just traveling through.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
Hafiz would call for drinks

And as the Master poured, I would be reminded
That all I know of life and myself is that

We are just a midair flight of golden wine
Between His Pitcher and His Cup.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
I would buy freely for everyone in this world

Because our marriage with the Cruel Beauty
Of time and space cannot endure very long.

Death is a favor to us,
But our minds have lost their balance.

The miraculous existence and impermanence of Form
Always makes the illuminated ones
Laugh and Sing.

The Subject Tonight Is Love
(poems of Hafiz), Daniel Ladinsky




20 thoughts on “Autumn Pond 2

  1. A pond stroll, what a great idea! Do you ever take a bucket and a small scoop to see who lives in the water and the muck? Half a bucket of water and a scoop of muck should produce a few swimmy things. I always peek into the pails if we pass by a park ranger hosting this activity. Four-Year-Old might get a kick out of that.

  2. What fun checking out the seeds 🙂 I agree about the crocus foreground, it adds a whole extra dimension to the already beautiful scene. Thanks for Hafiz too, I haven’t heard of him before.

    • thanks Cee, we had a beautiful house dam at our previous place, and people said “Oh you can’t leave it!” but we have made another beautiful spot to enjoy 🙂

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