It’s comforting when something in nature stays the same in the midst of change. The seasons are about to turn over, the falling leaves are already carpeting the lawn, and the flowers of spring and summer are past. One bloom is always with us here in the desert climate of Southern California, though — the bougainvillea.
We enjoy daffodils as spring starts. In the mountains, the lilacs bloom in April, and then the poppies march across the landscape in May. But in May in the desert, I found bougainvillea.
The bougainvillea bring a stability to my world. They can be found from the ocean to the desert around here, any month of the year. They thrive in intense heat, and they can withstand cold. They just keep on.
When time brings too many changes too quickly, when the world spins too fast, I look for the stable, for something that remains the same.
The photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Touchof-1 and Happy Heart.