Lilac Blossoms in the City

Picture of lilac blossoms in bloomOriginally I was going to post a picture of KC the dog for this week’s post,  but nature intervened with lilac bushes in bloom all throughout the city.

They fade quickly due to the desert sun, so I took a picture before it’s too late. A week from now the petals will be withered and blowing away in the wind.

This particular lilac bush has blossoms that remind people of Easter eggs that are colored a pastel purple.

You can smell the blossoms from many yards away. A rich aromatic scent that tickles the nose. A scent that makes me think of when I lived in Virginia (a place I now find surreal in its greenness whenever I travel back there–the sight of tall leafy trees and thick green grass growing without the need for irrigation is an amazing thing to me after so many years of living in the Southwest). Outside this city I live in is mostly hardy desert survivors like junipers and chamisa and tumbleweeds and cacti (such as the prickly pear cactus).

So I had to do lilacs this week. But I’ll post a picture of KC next week.

Enjoy Spring (or Fall, if you’re below the equator), Lynn

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