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Out on a limb [Mar. 4th, 2012|10:22 am]
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The space
between the leaves
is full of sunlight.

At the sharp edge,
no longer crowded
with past and future,

fruits ripen on the lemon tree
in the silence
rising
from the morning air.

 
Ok-Koo Kand Grosjean


I invite you to visit my backyard with me this morning...Immerse yourself in the beauty of these citrus blossoms, breathe deep their heavenly fragrance. I'm not a skilled photographer, by any means, and I don't have a fancy camera. But hey, I'll go out on a limb/up a rickety ladder anyday, for the sake of a good, old-fashioned show-and-tell!

 

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
  Chinese proverb   

The trees are a hive of activity, all day long--I wish I could capture it all with my camera! Goldfinches and mockingbirds dart overhead, engaging one another in vocal and aerial competitions. Hummingbirds flit merrily from flower to flower, siphoning nectar from their blossoms. They stop whirring now again, wipe their sticky beaks clean against the tree bark. Ants perform a high-wire act along the narrow branches; fat honey bees buzz lazily amidst their leaves.

Anytime the perfume of orange and lemon groves wafts in the window;
the human body has to feel suffused with a languorous well-being. 

-   Frances Mayes

Whenever I step outside, I'm greeted with the tangy-sweet aroma of citrus blossoms. Voilà, I'm playing in a citrus grove again--one of the sweetest memories of my childhood.



I look up, and I'm made aware of the swift passing of seasons--savored experiences and missed opportunities, weighed equally in the balance of a new day.
 

 And I'm reminded anew:

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb ... That's where the fruit is.
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[User Picture]From: auntysocial
2012-03-04 06:55 pm (UTC)

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Beautiful pictures, and I especially like the Chinese proverb--keep a green tree in your heart.....
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:04 am (UTC)

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I discovered that quote by chance when I Google-searched for quotes about citrus trees. Definitely a keeper!
[User Picture]From: boreal_owl
2012-03-04 08:38 pm (UTC)

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The second photo, with the sun shining behind the leaves, against a backdrop of clear blue sky, is stunning.
[User Picture]From: tracyworld
2012-03-05 07:34 pm (UTC)

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I really love that photo, too, Barb, and would like to be on my back beneath that right about now. :)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:06 am (UTC)

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Sunshine and citrus trees go hand-in-hand, I think. :)
[User Picture]From: jamarattigan
2012-03-05 12:08 am (UTC)

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Such a beautiful post. I can smell the fragrance of the flowers, imagine the birds. I love goldfinches. Love all your quotes and words. Thanks for this gift of joy :).
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:08 am (UTC)

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Citrus trees make me so, so happy. I'm glad I was able to translate that joy for you, Jama. xo
[User Picture]From: writerjenn
2012-03-05 01:17 am (UTC)

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Thank you for that draught of languourous well-being!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:11 am (UTC)

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:)

I'm always happy to open my garden gate, to share my citrus trees with you.
[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2012-03-05 02:26 am (UTC)

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The space between the leaves is full of sunlight

I love that!

Now I know the vessel to carry sunlight in: it's the space between the leaves.

(Also, your orange leaves are beautiful with the sunlight shining through them--leaf stained glass, prettier than actual stained glass. Also, I can almost smell the blossoms and the ripening fruit. Also, today someone said that when you fly into Malaysia, the air smells like fruit--and I remembered that, seeing your photos.)

[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:16 am (UTC)

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I didn't know that about Malaysia, but wow, now I want to go there!!!

And lemme just say that your comparing sunshine-laced citrus leaves with sunlight streaming through a stained glass windows...ohhhhh. That resonates so deeply with me! I'm all glowy inside, at the very (beautiful) thought. :)
[User Picture]From: christine444
2012-03-05 06:10 am (UTC)

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Beautiful pictures and words. :>)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:17 am (UTC)

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Thanks so much, Christine! I know you understand how beautiful these trees really are. =:)
[User Picture]From: i_amsherlocked
2012-03-05 07:03 am (UTC)

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Gorgeous! This picture set inspired me to go inhale the lovely scent of our citrus blossoms too!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:19 am (UTC)

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So...did you?

We're so lucky to live in an area where citrus trees grow, aren''t we?
[User Picture]From: i_amsherlocked
2012-03-06 06:02 am (UTC)

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I did! And yes, I love living in the midst of the orange groves!
[User Picture]From: lizjonesbooks
2012-03-05 01:03 pm (UTC)

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Wonderful!!! :D
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:20 am (UTC)

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From my home (my heart) to yours--all good things, citrus trees included. :)
[User Picture]From: sartorias
2012-03-05 03:01 pm (UTC)

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Beautiful!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:21 am (UTC)

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I hope the air is filled with the sweet smell of citrus blossoms where you live! :)
[User Picture]From: sartorias
2012-03-06 03:19 pm (UTC)

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It sure is when I walk the dogs!
[User Picture]From: tracyworld
2012-03-05 07:33 pm (UTC)

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Those are stunningly beautiful photos, Melodye. Look at all that detail you captured. Wow. It's almost as good as being there...
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:26 am (UTC)

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Thanks, Tracy! I teetered on a tall ladder, in order to get those shots. But much as I hate heights, I love my citrus trees more. I'm glad I was able to capture a few images that helped show you why...
[User Picture]From: onegrapeshy
2012-03-05 09:09 pm (UTC)

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Sigh. I have to settle for breathing in the air over the produce counter. :(
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:27 am (UTC)

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Ha! You're hilarious!

(Seriously, I wish I wish I wish that I could hand you a citrus blossom nosegay. xoxo )
[User Picture]From: onegrapeshy
2012-03-06 02:28 pm (UTC)

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Me too! I'd keep it well-preserved, too.
[User Picture]From: heatherp8
2012-03-06 03:38 am (UTC)

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I absolutely adore the sweet scent of orange blossoms.
Just seeing this post, I can imagine their lovely fragrance in my yard.
it's enough to make me wanna plant some trees!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 05:28 am (UTC)

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It's an incomparable fragrance, isn't it? :)

By the way, I *love* your sassy new 'do!
[User Picture]From: peterlaird
2012-03-06 11:09 pm (UTC)

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"I'm not a skilled photographer, by any means, and I don't have a fancy camera."

I don't know how fancy your camera is, but re: the skills thing, I believe you are definitely selling yourself short. -- PL
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 11:33 pm (UTC)

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It's a simple Canon point-and-shoot, Peter. I'm not sure I'm ready to go all out with a DSLR, but I get really frustrated by the limited zoom & lighting features available to me right now.

But...your comment gave me pause. Thank you for that! It reminds me that I need to take pleasure in the moment, and to be grateful for what I have. I'm surrounded by beautiful scenery, and I love that blogging allows me a forum for sharing. And that I even have a camera--well! That's a blessing, in and of itself.

Edited at 2012-03-06 11:35 pm (UTC)