Welcome to Macro Sunday. I actually took these pictures a few weeks ago, but never got around to posting them.
We have a Five Leaf Akebia vine twining along the railing of our backyard deck. My husband is the garden expert at our house, so I’d never paid much attention to this vine before.
A couple of weeks ago, he called me outside to show me these giant-sized seed pods!
I was astonished at the size of the pods. Some were over 4 inches long! Heavy with seeds, the pods caused the vine to droop down.
Surely this vine had never produced such extraordinary fruits before! However, my husband said that, yes, these pods grow every year at this time.
Well that humbled me! We’ve lived here 7 years now and I’ve been totally oblivious to these long, fat seed pods!
This experience taught me the importance of really seeing things, of looking deeply and paying attention. What’s the point of having a beautiful garden, if I’m not truly present in the moment. If I am too preoccupied with the cares of today or with concerns about the future, then I’m unable to accept the gifts our garden is offering me in the present moment. Gifts of beauty, abundance, calm, color and the cycle of life. I must make sure I am really living with my eyes open!
Hey! who let the gremlins in here???? I never said they could doodle on my picture!
Oh well, I guess I couldn’t remain so seriously philosophical for too much longer…..
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