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Acer palmatum – Japanese maple:

The bright afternoon invited a flurry of activity. I love sunny days, when spring sets the garden aflame with colour, I love walking around, touching the trees and flowers, encouraging them to bloom. The magnum opus of my garden is an “Acer palmatum” commonly referred to as a Japanese maple.

It’s breathtaking red leaves with the sun shining through, take me back to high mountains with waterfalls thundering their staccato beat and a feeling of deep peace.

The previous summer had been difficult on the trees. Red, healthy branches competed with dead brown boughs. As I plucked off the dead twigs, I wondered how easy and relieving it would be to let go of anger and rage. Make place for healthy new leaves by destroying the old, broken past.

Sometimes we just hang on to people, relationships and memories that only cause pain. Maybe spring is the perfect time to bring those memories to the forefront, pay them one last obeisance and let them go.


  1. Heiko
    30th January 2018 @ 09:38

    A good thought to start anew,
    to start a new cycle
    to refresh and rejoice and bloom finally

    Light at the horizon

    even in the darkest nights
    when the thunder clouds do gather
    there is a light
    at the horizon
    promising hope after the storm


  2. Lucille Galleli
    14th May 2018 @ 21:01



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