Most things in nature are ephemeral as things are constantly changing...the seasons, the weather, evolution, and life cycles. In Nature nothing ever stays the same. As they say "here today, gone tomorrow".
It is a good reminder that we should stop and take notice of the small wonders in this world. If we don't we may miss them. Today, I am joining Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk for an interpretation of ephemeral for Word for Wednesday.
In the garden there are plants that have short lived blooms like the dinner plate hibiscus. It produces stunning blooms that only last a day. They begin as a bud in the morning.
Open to a prolific bloom that the pollinators visit all day long.
and then bow their heads at the end of the day.
The blooms of my Four O'clocks are even more fleeting. They say hello in late afternoon only to close by evening.
Some of my garden friends are only around for a short time. Dragonflies spend most of their lives in the larva stage (2-3 years).
Only to live in their adult stage (with wings) for a few weeks. Sadly, when we see them flying around in our gardens they are at the end of their life.
The beautiful butterflies that grace my garden in the warmer months are evanescent. Their life span is short lived in relative terms.
This is the time of year when Mother Nature is most ephemeral as the leaves quickly change their colors and then fall to the ground for the beginning of winter's slumber. This year the color seemed to appear overnight.
The dogwoods are stunning with the reds, purples, yellows and green.
The vibrant gold of the hickory trees are really providing some extra sunshine against the clear blue skies.
As one photographs nature we capture those ephemeral moments and their fleeting reality.
From a wasp daring to enter a pitcher plant;
to a hummingbird drinking nectar;
to a writing spider that captured a dragonfly.
Often times those ephemeral moments, creatures or blooms have a way of focusing our mind and putting a little balance back into our lives.