A Natural “Oxymoron” of Beauty

Dear Reader:

Yesterday was one of those rare days that started out so incredibly  it just made me say “It’s a Great Day to be Alive!

It was almost eight o’clock before I got home from Mount Pleasant Thursday evening. As I scurried down the side driveway, heading back to the garden (to check it quickly before darkness descended) I noticed that one moon flower bud looked like it was almost ready to burst open…but usually they open late in the afternoon and then live out their short but alluring life in the evenings and overnight. By the time the sunrise approaches the next day they have already started to fold back within themselves and soon drop off the vine. One night and one night only.

I came inside and started the blog for the next day and just happened to glance out the window and I saw this huge full white bloom staring back at me where it had just been a bud minutes before. It was gorgeous…but so late that I could only use a flash to photograph it…which showed none of its intricate lines and curves.

Early yesterday morning I could hardly wait to get out in the garden with the predicted weather drops in temperature and humidity…it was a day that subtly signaled fall was around the corner…just out of sight…a new season approaching quietly.

It wasn’t quite 7:oo in the morning so the sun hadn’t risen…but to my utter delight…the moon flower was still in full bloom smiling down at me. As the sun rose the reflection shone through the delicate plant tissue of the moon flower bloom…it appeared to radiate with happiness. This couldn’t be…a moon flower blooming during the day? Moon flowers and sunrises are polar opposites…moon flowers can’t take the bright light.

When I took the picture of the moon flower with the sun rising in the background…two gorgeous round discs of nature together…who normally never meet…I knew I was privy to a most amazing sight!

 Now that is an oxymoron…it just doesn’t happen (or perhaps I should say) it doesn’t  normally happen. It really was an example of nature’s oxymorons…a contradiction in terms. (Like “Jumbo shrimp” or “Pretty ugly” or “Same difference” or “Good grief.”)

I just knew the day would be special with such a startling beginning! And it was…had breakfast with friends and then a stroll through a nursery I often forget about..but it always has unique items that you don’t see in other places. The setting is so pretty and it was just a comfortable cool morning in which to drink in all the pretty sights.


I ended up picking up one new flower and an adorable saying that I knew had to be added to my garden fence… because it is so true.

Plants do understand more than we humans give them credit for…and they are wonderful friends… who quietly listen to all our problems with no judgment forthcoming.

Don’t leave today without watching this two minute video on trees…you will never look at another tree the same way again. They have feelings, special bondings, families, couples, and are quite social…just like people!

Intelligent Trees – Trees form bonds, know friends and family – YouTube

So until tomorrow…Keep your eyes open for those natural miracles that take place every day in our other family…the plant family.

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to A Natural “Oxymoron” of Beauty

  1. bcparkison says:

    I have read other articles about the union of trees. Very interesting . We try never to cut down a tree unless it is dead or headed that way.
    Love your photo of the moon flower. I really should get one too.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      There is something so magical about a moon flower blossom…no matter how many times I watch one unfurl it looks like the miracle of re-birth over and over and over. God and His garden ….what a gift to us humans!

  2. My trees are my friends-I have had some trees for friends since decades ago. The video was wonderful. thank you

  3. Becky Dingle says:

    I loved it too…it sure opened my eyes once again to the sacredness of all things living.

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