First: happy Orthodox Easter. My favorite part of Orthodox Easter is the Easter egg duels. If you’re not familiar with this, go out right now and find an Orthodox family to spend Easter with. They’ll teach you how to duel with eggs. Find an honest family; some competitive types try to gain an advantage by tilting the egg. Come back and report to me how much fun you had.
I have a question: why do Greeks use the Julian calender to celebrate Easter, but revert to the Gregorian calendar for Christmas? Most Orthodox branches stick to the Julian for all holidays. I think it has something to do with moveable feasts but I don’t feel like looking it up. If you know the answer please share.
Second: things are still blooming in Washington DC. About a week after the Yoshino Cherry trees finished blooming, the Kwanzan cherries started. It can only be described as a spectacle. I had to turn the saturation down on my camera because the colors looked too unreal to me. Yes, that’s right: I dialed down reality.
I took these cherry tree photos on the grounds of a church in NW Washington DC. While I was photographing, an elderly man came out of the rectory and said, “The Bishop asks that…XXXXX XXXXX”
I didn’t catch the last part of his sentence so I said, “Hello sir, I’m sorry… would you mind repeating that?”
“The Bishop asks that you not eat the flowers.”
Overall, it was a day of heightened reality.
Admittedly though, that’s the most awesome thing a Bishop has ever asked of me.
Besides the Kwanzan, we have dogwoods in DC — a lovely and delicate four petal flower that seems to float in midair…
And wisteria, the flower of remembrance. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but that’s how wisteria strikes me.
This is my last flower post for a good long while. Promise…
I love flowers, but I never spend the time needed to edit the photos. I end up posting them straight out of the camera and then I get embarrassed later.
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