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Evanescent

This week, show us a moment in time that holds meaning for you.

Photo by Krista.

ev·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]
adjective

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

In the last few years, I’ve returned to running regularly. I love to head through Assiniboine Park in my hometown, chasing the Assiniboine River current as it runs southeast.

When you’re in a place nearly every day, you get the chance to observe closely and to see how time brings change. Right now, everything is that brand-new, impossibly bright green of spring as the grass sprouts and thickens, and the leaves form and grow. Too soon those leaves will fall, carpeting my path.

In these solo trips, I get to see things others may not. Just before I turn around, I run under the Route 90 underpass. The concrete pillars that support it have become mural canvases — something that you cannot see in a vehicle traveling on the road above. Each passing month, you can see the paint peel away just a tiny bit more and it reminds me that these hidden bits of art are ephemeral. One day, they’ll be painted over — completely erased — and an artist will create something new. Seeing them never gets old — no matter how much they deteriorate. They’re a great reminder to appreciate the moment.

Photo by Krista.

This challenge is wide open. Evanescent can be any fleeting moment in time. It could be the moment you drop a seed into your garden, marking that promise of new growth to come. It could be a photo of the Eastern Phoebe that visits your deck each day, wagging her tail as she calls her own name. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it could be that carpet of leaves that fell overnight, before the wind scatters them. It might be the moment you light the first fire of Fall.

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    1. Thank you! I love the detail in your dandelion close-up. My dog ate one at about that time and coughed his way through the rest of the afternoon, the silly little muppet! I don’t think he’ll do that again.

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