Thursday, August 26, 2010


08.26.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

A couple of frangipani (plumeria) continue to bloom well beyond their usual season. Unlike many of the humans around here, they appear to be thriving in the tropical heat and humidity. Their beauty compliments the broad, distinguished green leaves, though I can imagine the finality of that one withered blossom.

Transitioning to another phase in life's cycle is often challenging. (For some reason, I always think of Gail Sheehy's book, Passages, when thinking of changes and marker events...) Though not life-changing, 9th graders' enrollment into high school is certainly transitional. Having spent the majority of today with them (on the schedule for tomorrow, too!), I'm reminded of the various reactions to a new environment - from 'awed' to 'overwhelm' to (false?) 'bravado' and everything in between. I suppose those reactions are similar in most situations, but more concentrated in intensity with teenagers in their first year of high school... Naples, FL


  1. Having had two teens go through this stage, I totally relate to your comments! Regarding the shot- that flower just seems to pop from the middle of the frame! Well done!

  2. Gorgeous flowers. Lovely composition. Transitions are always a challenge but a time of growth, too. The transition is as much the learning experience as the content they will be required to learn.