Inspiring Vines of the Pergola - Mother Nature

Published October 16th, 2015

It is raining today. Raining cats and dogs, as they say, funny expression that is. I saw the clouds building in the sky from my home this morning and checked the apps to see the time of expected arrival of rain. The screens indicated that I had a couple of hours, enough time to get to the gardens and write my blog. As I was finishing my coffee, the heavens opened. So much for technology. I was reminded of a quote I had posted on a wall in my office:

Mother Nature, she's a woman, you can't tell her what to do and you never know what she's going to do.

I thought about skipping my walk through the Pergola today. I could get a lot of work done on the laptop, staying dry. But that felt like the default option. I was not in the mood for copping out today. The big differences in the rain between Miami and Seattle (the last place I lived in the States) is the temperature of the air, and the volume of the rain. In Seattle, the rain is relatively light, and it is chilly out. In Miami, it is heavy, tropical rain and the air is nice and warm. I put on my sandals, grabbed an umbrella, and headed to Fairchild.

Getting out of the car and walking into the deluge hit me with "are you crazy?" But then, a big smile came over me, and I walked into a tropical rainforest. Everything was alive. Walking through Vine Pergola today I thought about the Maasai villages I work in in East Africa, and how I have spent so much time finding funds to build large cisterns for catching the little rain that falls on the savannah. So many people I know there struggle throughout their lives to grow crops in drought conditions, carry water for long distances on donkeys or on their heads, and lament as they watch their livestock grow skinnier with no grass to eat, given the lack of rain. I thought about my mom and sister in Southern California, and everybody on the west coast of the United States suffering through a long, intense drought. As I waded through puddles and listened to the water fall on my umbrella, I felt the blessings from the sky. The Maasai now call a day like today in Miami - "Christmas" - because of the big gift from Mother Nature.

As I walked through the rainforest towards the café courtyard where I could write under a roof and keep iPad dry, I passed two ghosts fishing in a river. No, I am not crazy (see photo). I remembered, the interesting holiday of Halloween is coming here soon. My smile got even bigger…

Wishing you all a lovely day further.

Ashe

An entrance to Vine Pergola at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida, from underneath my zebra-print umbrella

Two ghosts fishing in a river