Springtime for Resistencia

16Sep12

The flowers appear on the earth;

the time of singing has come,

And the voice of the turtledove

is heard in our land.

The fig tree puts forth its figs,

and the vines are in blossom

they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my fair one,

and come away.

(Song of Songs, 2:12-13)

Friends and family in the northern hemisphere report that fall is coming. But in the Chaco, we’re at the height of Spring! Here are some pictures from around Resistencia and also the town of Vedia, which is an hour north.

The Lapacho comes in pink, yellow, and white, and is prized for its wood, commonly used for building houses.

This lemon tree is bearing fruit while flowering at the same time!

This tree is called the pata de guay because its leaves are shaped like cow hooves.

The white pata de guay reminds me of Yale Divinity School´s magnolia tulips.

Some of these fruits and flowers worked their way into Sunday morning’s preaching workshop – each participant chose an item and shared a brief reflection about it. One talked about how, like leaves on a branch, we are all connected. Another held up a lemon which, though tart, is healthy. And a third noted how wild flowers can be just as beautiful as garden flowers, yet we often don’t value them as much. How about you? Where do you find your mind wandering with the changing of the seasons?

The Mamón tree, a favorite here. We know it as the papaya!

And, the familiar (tasty) mulberry.

 

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