This week’s theme might be obvious, but I couldn’t help it — it’s a simple and common word, yet can evoke very powerful, emotional images. Let’s see beginning through your lens!
Beginning? That sounds easy enough but the more I planned this photo challenge, the more I realized that my beginnings were actually just points in a cycle.
It started with some seeds, a gift from my neighbor. They grew into very nice plants.
The plants started budding and then flowers emerged.
More and more flowers appeared.
Then, the pea pods grew and started to fill out.
Then, this week, I had my first guandu! These are the seeds, or at least some of them will be. We will eat the rest.
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It all started with the wonderful papayas I love. I tossed the seeds and peels in the yard for the birds and iguanas. Later, many of the seeds sprouted. This is the biggest plant.
Then, I noticed there were flowers on the plant. But, each flower only bloomed and fell, leaving nothing behind.
This week though, I saw some little fruits!
The plant continues to flower, so hopefully fruits will continue to form.
Seeds –> Plants –> Flowers –> Fruit –> Seeds — and so it goes. Papayas are very popular with the birds so hopefully they will leave some for me. I have six good looking guandu plants though and expect to have guandu for months to come. Some of them will be saved for seeds to begin it all again next year.
By the way, guandu are pigeon peas. I’d hardly heard of them in the US but they are extremely popular here. They come in green, green with speckles, and black. According to my neighbor the black ones have the best flavor.
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