The theme of this week’s photo challenge isΒ Evanescent.

I’m going to be totally honest. I had no idea what that meant. My Β 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.

e.vΒ·aΒ·nesΒ·cent [evΙ™Λˆnes(Ι™)nt]

  1. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Β that summer is at an end, and soon it will be cold again.

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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.


31 thoughts on “Evanescent

  1. The post name is lovely. I love the word ‘evanescent’. It captures the essence of it so well, Angela. The Pohutukawa looks familiar. I keep thinking I have seen it in Calcutta but am I getting muddled in my flower memories? Quite possible. It is amazing how flowers remind us of places and moments and people πŸ™‚ So I can relate to your Pohutukawa nostalgia. I long for the frangipani and bougainvillea blossoms that used to adorn my home in Calcutta xx

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    1. It is a lovely word isn’t it? I hadn’t actually heard it before this challenge πŸ™‚
      I think the Pohutukawa is one of a limited species that only grows in New Zealand. But I’m sure there are similar looking flowers out there. I love that you can related to this post πŸ™‚ I’m sure most can, we all have something that reminds us of another time πŸ˜€

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      1. Nostalgia in any form is so endearing. But faintly I do remember similar kind of flowers (like allium too) where they go dry and they dessicate thereafter. Maybe it is some long lost cousin of Pohutukawa πŸ˜‰ If I can remember it any day, I shall surely tell you about it.

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  2. Oh I like that interpretation… I was wondering what the heck it meant too haha. In Brisbane we have the same with the Jacaranda tree – apparently it blooms around the time that Uni students take their final exams. Going to get my thinking cap on for this one!

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  3. Such a beautiful and unique tree, that’s a great close up of the flower! It really is so sad seeing the beautiful trees fading away as the winter approaches. Every though the foliage here is beautiful its still depressing. I was feeling the same thing when you guys were going into summer and we were headed for winter lol its still so weird and cool how depending on the area you are you can have completely different seasons! I hope its a quick winter for you!

    xo, JJ

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