Or can you?
Yesterday, I walked around the ponds, headphones on, water bottle slung over one shoulder, step tracker clipped on my shirt. I was out for exercise.
That did not stop my roaming eye. As I walked up the powerline right of way, I saw another purple flower—a Maypop blossom! (Some people may call them passion flowers.) These vines grow wild in these parts. After they bloom, they bear fruit. I’ve heard you can eat the fruit, but I never did. When I was a child, I played with Maypops, using sticks to make animals out of them.
When I saw the flower, I was excited! But I was midway through my second lap, and I did not want to interrupt the momentum of the walk. I did not go back for the camera.
I lost the opportunity to take the photo of the purple passion flower//Maypop blossom. Surely, it will be in bloom tomorrow. . . . .
Well, here is what is looks like today.
It is beginning to close. It’s a strange-looking thing at this stage. The good news is, that while I was taking this photo, I saw that there are a few more buds that haven’t opened yet. I will be watching these so that I can get the picture. And I will be watching for the fruit, too. I may even make a Maypop animal!
Here are some other things I saw along the walk around the pond today.
Roses in the backyard
Wild blackberries beginning to ripen
An interesting bent tree
The grand oaks that line one side of the dam between “Herbert’s” pond and Gramps’s pond.
Mushrooms, moss, and fallen leaves—an interesting combination of textures. (No, I did not stage this.)
Red trumpet vines.
All I have to do is keep my eyes open.
By the way, I’m not exactly upset with myself that I didn’t go back and take a picture yesterday. I carry the memory.