Waiting And Nature

Learning to wait is a key lesson in life. Nothing teaches this lesson more than nature. It moves at its own rhythm. It just can’t be forced. Every year I wait for the blooming of the Snake Lilies. They arrive in their own time. Here they are and the wait is always worth it.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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28 Responses to Waiting And Nature

  1. Hudson Howl says:

    True enough, but nature must be shaky it’s head to these strange climate changes.

    Snake Lilies, now there’s a brush with colour on it. I’ve never seen or heard of them previously. Then again, am not most astute gardener, though I would’ve noticed these. They may not be of this climate zone in which I live.


  2. snowbirdpress says:

    Sometimes the wait is the whole of the experience and it often has a great deal to teach us. Good post.


  3. At least now I know what we are waiting for! All we have is greenery. I’m wondering if it is too cold for them here in the UK 🙂


    • Don says:

      Probably would be – not sure, but we’re moving in to Spring now and already we are beginning to feel the change in temperature. It becomes extremely hot here in Summer. As I said in the one comment. They are wild flowers and often appear in the sugar cane fields.


  4. Hi Don, Thank you. “Learning to wait is a key lesson in life.” So true. A new flower for me, beautiful. Ellen


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  6. kimleach says:

    Beautiful flowers! I know all about the waiting game at the moment!!! We are waiting for
    our son’s fiancé and son to get the green light to come over! It’s taking forever – not a nature one of course, but definitely a patience learning exercise!


  7. Lyn says:

    Hi there Don. We have lilies , about a dozen in flower in the bush right outside our flat. They are beautiful, look very similar, maybe they are the same but not sure. Perhaps I should post a photo for you to see.


  8. Geraldien Coetzee says:

    Don they are beautiful. We always used to see them in the veld. So true we don’t like to wait we are always in a hurry but God’s time is perfect. Lots of love Geraldine


  9. Terry Ann says:

    I love these flowers too Don, I especially love the way they just appear out of the dry sandy soil, no leaves just this massive stem that creeps up everyday until POW – that orange head explodes into colour!! What a blessing, that’s when I really can see and feel God magnitude!


    • Don says:

      Thanks Terry. That’s exactly how I experience them – the sudden explosion of orange. I always think of the incredible unseen preparation that goes on in the plant for that to happen. Good to hear from you.


  10. ladyfi says:

    Sometimes the wait is more important than the results.

    Lovely blooms.


  11. Lyn says:

    Have .transplanted some of the lilies from the bush into our garden. They are the Snake Lily, beautiful. No need for a photo, Keep well


  12. Definitely worth waiting for! So beautiful 🙂


  13. Don says:

    Thanks Cindy.


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