Friday, March 12, 2010


03.12.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

The arrival of the birds...of paradise, that is...always brings a smile. They are so unusual and whimsical that I invariably find them added to the 365 project every year, perhaps more than once! Framed by a healthy green (thanks to our recent rain), these blooms never fail to 'pop' with color and shape. Planted as part of the median landscape, they are a great photographic diversion at the traffic light.

Diversions are a way of life for all of us with the multiple stimuli that our connected world creates. Students and young adults seem to adapt to this cacophony seamlessly (perhaps because they know no different), but I often yearn for the single focused time-frame when no interruption intrudes. Many years ago when I crafted stained glass creations, I would start a project in the morning and literally be so engaged and focused that I didn't re-connect with the 'real world' until sunset - with no conscious understanding of the passage of time. These days, I strive to merely get a project accomplished! Davis Blvd & US 41 E, Naples, FL


  1. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing :) That green is so inviting...

  2. These are beautiful plants! Excellent shot!

  3. I've always loved these flowers. They demand that you stop and admire them. Nicely composed.