Anticipation

Timeline of a Lovely Pink Lady

Day 1:  Saturday, April 14:   My son and I spotted the first sprouts of what we hoped would turn out to be the Pink Lady’s Slipper flower like we had seen in that area last year.



Day 4:  Monday, April 17:  The bud has appeared, and we are sure this will be the Lady’s Slipper!  We hope!  How long will we have to wait?  I sneak out the woods every day, but nothing seems to be happening quickly!  It is hard to wait!



Day 5:  April 18, Wednesday:  No change!  Why am I disappointed?  Just a few hours have passed, and I still would like to see a major change!  My boys laugh at me as I rush out to take a quick look before heading out for the day!



Day 7:  Friday, April 20:  The bud is beginning to open!  I have sent my boys out to check, and they keep saying, “No change” but I have to go see for myself!  I can definitely see a change!  I have hope that maybe for the Sabbath, we will have a bloom!



Day 10:  Monday, April 23:  My son’s birthday!  We are so close!  It’s teasing me!  I can see the shape, and the beauty emerging, but it’s still going to take some more waiting!  It will be worth it!



Day 11:  Tuesday, April 24:  I headed outside first thing in the morning, just like I did yesterday!  I hardly hoped, but there it was!  What a jewel!  I do still think it may open a bit more!  It’s much paler than I thought it would be!  But I am super excited at how it looks!  I took pictures in the early morning light, and after it had rained in the afternoon.  I really like it after the rain!  Tomorrow, I will go check it out too!


Day 12:  Wednesday, April 25:  OK.  I couldn’t let the day go by without seeing how the orchid had changed!  Today is the best day by far!  The color has deepened to a nicer pink shade, and now you can see inside the flower!  I think it is beautiful–obviously!  My son told me that I geek wildflowers!  He’s right on!

As we walked down the driveway, I got to thinking that if we have these orchids on our property, I’d bet that the neighbors have the same type of environment.  So, I started gazing over towards their side of the driveway.  You know, the grass always promises to be greener on the other side of the fence, and all.  Well…suddenly I did see a bloom on their side!  It’s not opened as far as ours yet, but time will bring that beauty out!  And now I have another flower to watch!  We actually have about 9-11 more growing on our property in the woods, but they are just leaves so far.  I read that not all plants make a flower every year, but I hope they all make one here!  But I might get more done if they don’t bloom!

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Here is the flower on the neighbor’s side!

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I know that some of my shots are a tad fuzzy.  I am basically just shooting with a poor old IPhone 5!  My good camera keeps fuzzing out on me, and so I’m just doing this for my pleasure and memories!  But I am happy with every shot that I have of this exquisite specimen of God’s handiwork!  The wait has sure been rewarded, even if my family thinks that I have gone off the deep end!

Get outside and enjoy God’s world!

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