On Friday, Daily Post put up a writing prompt asking us to simply look out our own back door or window and describe what we see. Oh, this is easy peasy, and I have visual proof:
This is looking out the back door of my apartment, a photo taken literally in the past half-hour. Not much of a view, you say? Au contraire, mon ami; you’re not looking past that carport with doors we call a garage. But, if you insist, we’ll start with the garage. No, it’s not a private garage, it’s not heated in the winter months, and it is rather dirty and dusty behind those 8 doors, but it does keep our precious motor vehicles safe and dry from the storms of summer and the blizzards of winter.
Or maybe you’re looking at the flora in the foreground. I admit I’m not a horticulturalist, so I don’t know what these tall plants are called (feel free to help me out if you know your plant life). All I know is that these things tend to grow pretty high and bloom rather nicely in the summertime. What’s more, it’s not uncommon to see more than one bumblebee feeding around the plant blossoms to reap their fair share of pollen. Sadly, one or two things happen to these things by the end of summer: Either most of them are blown down by torrential rainfall (that actually just happened last week), or the landscapers our landlord retains will come around the end of August or beginning of September and pull these out from the ground. Fortunately, however, May and June will come around again and these will renew their cycle of bloom. Ah, the circle of life.
And you’re probably noticing that large tree right behind the garage, huh? Yeah, it’s a pretty thing, isn’t it? It kinda freaks me out sometimes when it doesn’t begin to sprout leaves right away. During early May of last year, it looked for a while as if disease or winter’s frost got to that tree. Luckily, however, it was just a late bloomer, finally sporting full foliage by the time Memorial Day weekend rolled around. Sadly, here on the west side of Madison the past couple of years, we’ve seen our fair share of branches or whole trees that fail to sprout leaves, either because they were diseased or they just didn’t survive the winter. Matter of fact, on the route I take to and from work every day, there were a line of 7 big beautiful trees right alongside the street in front of a dental clinic. Almost all of those 7 trees showed various forms of decay or disease this spring (one of them just died outright). Now, as of last week, there are 7 stumps where those trees once stood. [*deep sigh*] But I’m optimistic that they will plant replacement trees on those spots this summer or next, and that they will grow just as tall and majestic as the tree you see here.
And there’s something else beyond that tree — the Eastern sky, of course. I’m sorry this photo was taken late morning and is pointed towards an Easterly direction. One of the blessings of having an apartment that has an Eastern view is the wonderful sunrises every morning, especially the sunrises in June, when the sun rises much earlier and shines much brighter. Regardless if you have an Eastern view when you wake up, here’s hoping you take an appreciation of a sunrise, especially in the summertime. A sunrise can be a beautiful thing, can it?
UPDATE (7/27/2015): I’ve composed a a similar post, in which I’m looking out my front window. Well, sorta. It’s part of a writing challenge Finicky Cynic sent out today. If you’d like to see that new post, it’s right here.