Near the gate leading into our housing area there was a large coconut palm tree. It was planted in an area into which the entire lot drains and often was overwatered and left in standing water during the rainy seasons. None the less it grew fairly tall and the groundskeepers often had to trim the fronds back from the gateway.
I am not sure what happened, but one day about two months ago we came home and found the palm tree had actually folded over and lay across the walkway – not entirely broken off, but bent down to the ground at a point about three or four feet above the ground. It seemed that the trunk had gotten water-logged and rotted away at the point where the fronds branched out from the trunk. The workmen had to come and chop the fallen palm down leaving behind only a stump.
On Sunday morning when Mary and I were on our way to the market we saw some slender white mushrooms rising up about five to six inches above the stump greeting the day. As soon as we got back home I grabbed my camera and went to get some pictures only to find that the early morning sun had overheated the tender mushrooms and they lay wilted on the stump.
I determined to come out first thing Monday morning to see if new mushrooms had grown on the stump and to get some pictures before the sun rise.
Sunday night and Monday morning were pretty dry and on Monday morning the mushrooms looked like this.
I could see this small bud trying to open up and grow.
And all of these little nubs promising to emerge if it got damp enough on Monday night.
This morning I went down as soon as it got light enough and was rewarded with all of this new growth.
Mushrooms are not generally thought of as being particularly beautiful, but – judge for yourselves and see if there is not beauty hidden in these frail plants.
Enjoy them now, for as soon as the morning sun rises high enough to shine on these beauties, they will wither and die.
And so, in the natural progression here on God’s green earth, we lost a palm – but its’ decaying trunk brought these frail fleeting beauties to brighten our day and remind us that life goes on.
Life is good in Ecuador!