Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Soursop, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Soursop ripening on the tree in our garden.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

We human beings are a complicated lot.  When we’re in winter, we dream of summer.  When the weather gets too hot, we complain; and, when we live in the tropics, the winter we disliked so much before starts sounding romantic. Why are we never satisfied?

I’ve been dreaming about winter wonderlands lately.  It seems Christmas has infected me with visions of reindeer, snowmen, sugarplums, and all the trimmings.  However, where I live, none of that is likely to happen.

Here, in Côte d’Ivoire, the heat ratchets up a notch towards the end of the year.   The harmattan winds are blowing already and, by some time in January or February, the air will be filled with dust, giving Abidjan the appearance of a city caught in perpetual fog.

Lizard, Abidjan, Ivory CoastHowever, this is also a time of year when the very earth seems to vibrate with life.  You can’t hazard a morning walk in the garden without inducing a mad skitter of lizards into the bushes.

A few weeks ago, the lizards were mating and put on a very entertaining spectacle — replete with brazen lads cheekily pursuing shy lasses all over the garden.  Now, most often, it is a terrified mother or her brood of mini lizards that go skittering about.

The babies are about the size of large grasshoppers.  They’re precious, and they move in the blink of an eye.  I have yet to catch one on film; but, they are truly a sight to behold.

Basil, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Basil plants sprouting on our Abidjan terrace.

Brightly colored butterflies dance among the bushes, many of which are in bloom.  Simultaneously, birds of all sizes and colors flit from tree to tree, each singing his own merry tune.  Perhaps these are our tropical ornaments.  Nature’s decorations and symphony, for its very own Christmas celebration.

Hibiscus, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

11 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

  1. Oh my gosh, you brought back so many memories with the photo of the soursop and hibiscus flower! It reminds me of growing up at my grandma’s.

    • I’m so glad! It’s sort of stereotypical for the season, isn’t it? Only we don’t have garden cherries or poinsettias, which (in my books, at least) would have completed the picture:)

  2. Living where it is warm I can relate to these descriptions and pictures. when I taught high school World Literature which included African writers, they learned about the harmattan winds. (a new vocab word)

    • I’m so glad you could relate:). The harmattan is certainly an interesting time of year. My first experience of the harmattan was quite a surprise because you actually taste the earth. It’s really different!

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