Friday, January 28, 2011


01.28.11, originally uploaded by colemama.

The naked branches of this poinciana tree took center stage today against the sky blue intensity - stark and yet, warming to me. Sculpture-like, the branches resemble outstretched arms and hands reaching upward. Rather than a 'hand-out' though, these are just seeking a little 'boost' to achieve their goal. So...perhaps my imagination runs wild, but it is through such a process that some (and much more) creative thinking can evolve.

Interestingly, while composing this, my neural connections jumped to a TV news story about the funds raised at the Naples Wine Festival. The monies are targeted for the county's children. One of the recipients, a 19-year old woman shared her story of loss and well as, success due to the fundraising. Her hopeful conclusion struck a chord with me and fit nicely with this image: "It's not where you come from,'s where you want to go in life." Though there will likely be some limits, both this young lady and the branches still have room to grow. 5th St and 2nd Ave N, Naples, FL


  1. I have a similar quote from Harry Potter that I like. Dumbledore says to Harry, "It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities." The branches really do seem to be reaching out to the blue sky.

  2. What wonderful blue - our skies have often been grey lately, so I take pleasure in yours. A "hand-out" can be a "hand-up" - a boost to someone who needs a bit of support to more forward.