With the change of seasons in the southern hemisphere, we are transitioning from Winter into Spring. Some sparse green grass blades are pushing up through the soil, leaves are budding on trees, and color is seeping slowly back into a rather brown and beige-hued world we’ve known during the dry season. The temperatures are warming, and the ritual commences of taking coffee and binoculars outside in the early morning to watch the returning birds.
In Mbabane, August also brings gorgeous plump and heavy oranges in droves. One of my favorite colors, and fruits, is orange. This time of year, oranges are piled high in the backs of trucks and fill market stalls. I’ve been scooping up loads of them to bring home for eating and squeezing into juice. Our little boy knows how to peel them, and he likes taking a deep breath of the fragrant orange peel and says, “nice!”
I love the scent of oranges, too.
And today, I ate a tea cake made with real orange juice that was delicious, and the creativity in the cooking was my muse to start a new art project.
Do you have a creative muse or a morning ritual?
Wishing you days full of color and light.
Hello Tracy…now I too love the color orange. I will think of you fondly when I see an orange. Say Hi to your family for me. Gail
Your pictures are beautiful. You seem to have a natural gift for photography. Orange is not my favorite color but you made me want to go to the refrigerator and eat an orange. Love Sharon
The thought of fresh oranges. I love how they burst with juicy sweetness in your mouth. I love the thought of the newness of life emerging through the dormancy of winter. Seasonal change and transition is a constant, if we didn’t have one we couldn’t enjoy the other. Our seasons here are not changing, still hot, humid summer and looking forward to the fresh air of fall. Miss you and love you!
Tracy, which Mbabane is this? Is it the one in Swaziland?
Yes, I live in Sidwashini just on the outskirts of town.