“Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.” Samuel Butler
Men are more evanescent than pictures, yet one sorrows for lost friends, and pictures are my friends. I have none others. I am never long enough with men to attach myself to them; and whatever feelings of attachment I have are to material things. John Ruskin
When I saw the theme for today’s photo challenge – EVANESCENT – the first thing that came to mind was the beautiful purplish blue Widow’s Tears flowers I have growing in the front of my garden and propagating on the stone walkway. They are variously known as Widow’s Tears/Commelina and/or Spiderworts/Tradescantia, and what distinguishes them from many of the floras we enjoy in our garden is their vanishing, short-lived quality. Like Morning Glory, they bloom brightly in the morning light, displaying their beautiful three petals and grass-like, long spindly leaves fully open. At the center of each colorful bloom is a stamen with yellow pollen tips tilting slightly like spider legs. As the day progresses, they start to wilt and by midday, their short and pretty lifespan ends, leaving behind shriveled petals and hundreds of dangling buds that will bloom the next day. Like the cycle of life all living things go through, these and other ephemeral plants live theirs briefly … reminding us to enjoy the evanescence of each moment.
“Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.” Konstantin Stanislavsky
What more can we say about Evanescent/Ephemeral plants? They have a magical quality, albeit a transient one, that reminds us to be present to the beauty around us. Sure, one could show the setting sun, a flash of lightening or even a cloud changing shape before our eyes; all are terrific examples of the word Evanescent which means things that are short-lived and that vanish in a short period of time. I chose these flowers because I’ve always marveled at their transient beauty and the manner in which they return again and again, bravely, blooming their purplish blue hearts out, on their way to a quick demise. Flowers like Widow’s Tears/Commelina and/or Spiderworts/Tradescantia, Morning Glories and other short-lived ephemeral plants live each moment blooming at their fullest and best and then disappear. Their very presence gives us beauty, joy, and hope for the future while reminding us to enjoy what we hold dear every day and in every way.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: EVANESCENT – This week, this challenge is wide open. Evanescent can be any fleeting moment in time. It could be the moment you drop a seed into your garden, marking that promise of new growth to come. It could be a photo of the Eastern Phoebe that visits your deck each day, wagging her tail as she calls her own name. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it could be that carpet of leaves that fell overnight, before the wind scatters them. It might be the moment you light the first fire of Fall.
Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy the evanescence of each moment.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection