During a special season in the desert, the trees take their turns in creating blossoms for all the pollinators. One of those trees is the Palo Verde Tree. One may think that the blooms occur all at once and then the period is over; however, I have observed that clusters of the Palo Verdes take turns.
There is this lovely communication of Palo Verdes throughout the area that are first in bloom and display these electric honey yellow blossoms. It is dazzling and beautiful with such a contrast against the green bark of the tree. It is their time to lure the pollinators in this spring celebration!
This year, there is a subtleness to their order of blooming that may replicate an almost forgotten order of family hierarchy. The older trees are first to bloom before the newer generation get their turn. The fuller, stronger, more mature trees are able to present themselves to the pollinators and have their moment. However, the mature trees are the not the only ones to get their time to shine. The younger generation is then transferred this power to be able to stand out amongst the desert trees as well. It is such a beautiful dance of transition that allows all ages of the Palo Verdes to have their bloom. What a wonderful gesture to offer to the pollinators to get both blossoms of maturity and new generation to provide diversity.
So how could we use this way of taking turns in our own lifespan? I feel that when we are younger adults, we want to peek at our success in life early on. I have felt that there is this race to be highly successful at such a young age. We might also envy the more matured adults in their success and how they flourish. It is through this hierarchy that we often miss out on, that we can all have our blossoming moment in our own time. There is so much experience, work, and time that goes into a peek moment that we often strive for. This also happens in seasons of each chapter of our lifespan. To wait a little longer for my time to bloom, I look at the ones before me and sit in awe of their “electric yellow honey” shining light that took so many seasons to get here.
Celebrate in someone else’s shining moment, observe how many dry and rain seasons they lived through, and know that your shining moment will come in your own time too.
Christina Grossman, M.A, C.A.
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I am not the first, nor the last of expressing and sharing the beauty of mathematics in Nature. What I will share in this blog are thoughts, experiences, and lessons learned to validate life, both human and botanical, living mathematically.