Flowering gold tree at Linekona
On Wednesday afternoons, I go to Linekona for three hours of open studio. Linekona is the educational building of the Honolulu Academy of Arts, which is located just across the street.
Usually, Kris gives me a ride in her silver VW Beetle. Today, the gold tree in the parking lot shouted to be photographed.
Fat clusters of delicious gold blossoms
Still beautiful even after being dropped and trashed
Indigenous people venerate trees as living spirits, each with their own personality. Since gold trees lose their leaves before they can blossom, they symbolize to me the importance of letting go as an ongoing part of life. This tree at Linekona may well be saying, "Don't worry about a thing. You're a glorious living work of art, even as you fall by the wayside, as we all eventually will."
Thinking of decay, I wondered how my friends would regard me if my circumstances were different -- like, say, I lived in a dump. Well, Kris and I decided we needed an adventure. Kris knew an area with some not-so-desirable features. Euwe! We picked a house at random.
"Don't forget to take a picture of the garage." Kris said.
So I did, even though I was shooting against the sun.
By the way, a Lexus was parked not far from it.
What kind of person would I be if I lived here?
Would my present friends come and visit me?
I like to think, though, that even if my finances would be so slim that I could not afford to live in a better place than this, that I would still be resourceful enough to make it into an interesting place with some kind of personal flair. At least, I'd like to think so.
Then we found this funky place with a seemingly perpetual sale.
Then driving by what used to be the Rose Garden behind the Waikiki Zoo, we passed by this enormous flowering tree. Not sure if it's a gold tree too? Is it?
And so it goes.