The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Evanescent.
I’m going to be totally honest. I had no idea what that meant. My first thought was of that band Evanescence, but I figured that wasn’t right. It took reading the definition a couple of times to finally figure out what photos I wanted to share.
- Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.
So for my interpretation, I thought about Pohutukawa. For those not in New Zealand, the Pohutukawa is a native flower and a kiwi icon.
During summer, the trees go into full bloom, the red flowers bring the promise of summer, and for us Christmas! Red and green are traditional Christmas colours, and who needs Christmas trees when you have Pohutukawa lining the streets.
My family often spends Christmas in the South Island, and in our grandparents front yard, they have a Pohutukawa tree.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that tree not in bloom. Then again, we only ever visit in summer. Every year, we know we will see that tree. I love these flowers, the colour is so vibrant, and their association with summer and Christmas doesn’t hurt my opinion of them either.
But too soon, the flowers fall on the ground, making somewhat of a mess. But decorating the ground with their colour. It’s a reminder that summer is at an end, and soon it will be cold again.
Then everything is back to just green, and we wait.
Wait for those red flowers to come back, reminding us of the arrival of summer.
That’s my interpretation for this week’s photo challenge. A moment in time that passes or disappears quickly. Evanescent.