Rose of Sharon

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Near my brother’s house, there is a huge Rose of Sharon tree. It is at lease 3 meters tall and almost 6 wide. It’s a titan of a plant, and gets bigger and bigger each year.

This particular flower always reminds me of when I was younger. When I was an elementary school student, mom and I would always walk past a plot of these flowers on the walk to or from school. Then later, when I was a middle school student and lived mostly with an uncle, I would often spend summers under his, watching the bees.

I miss those days…

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Budding

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A lot’s been changing as of late. I can’t get too much into detail, but it seems that as hard as this year has been, it’s still going to be a good year for me. I’ve taken the first steps out of stagnation. I can only go forward from here.

Bright

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I walked by the lily patch again the other day.

Thankfully this time, I wasn’t running late, so I was able to take a few shots with my new phone. This area in particular has a high concentration of flowers, which by the looks of it, seems to be because a few of the surrounding houses grow them. This little side area seems to be abandoned for the most part, or so I assume, since the gate has been locked since I was a child (over 20 years ago) and I have never ever seen anyone sit on the benches inside.

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For years, this little sitting area was consumed by ivy and not flowers. It seems that with each passing year, this block grows more and more flowers. At first it was just one or two plants about five houses down (or up, it depends, these building are built on a hill). Then, three houses had lilies. Now almost all of them have at least one or two of the flowers.

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I wonder what will things look like in another couple of years…?

Mizu Hanabi

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Happy Fourth of July (Independence day for those of you living in the US) everyone. Tonight I am planning to go see the fireworks, with my mom, in Rye. I will do my best to take some photos with my new phone, which as you can see, handles night shots very well.

These were taken the other night, when I went out with a few friends. I love water displays, especially those that use colored lights. In a way, they remind me of fireworks made from water.

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Tiger Lily on Cloudy Day

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Near my house there are a lot of people who grow tiger lilies. While walking home from the doctor’s house, I was able to snap a few pictures before anyone noticed. These are them.

Unfortunately, it was pretty cloudy that day (it’s been raining on and off all week) but so the colors don’t look all that great. So, I’m going to try and take a few more pictures when it’s a bit sunnier.