Awash in the interesting mix of high and low culture, we arrived at Robert Is Here, the fruit emporium that began in 1959 as a roadside stand.
Perusing stacks of sugarcane that look like weathered book spines,
I thought a tall sugarcane would be an excellent walking stick for the food expedition ahead. (Read the rest after the jump.)
The fresh guavas were a brilliant green;
the mangoes were subdued, almost blushing.
Then, Jessica and I found the alarmingly large jackfruit (she’s holding a mango for size comparison).
Wikipedia suggests that jackfruit tree heartwood dyes the robes of Southeast Asian Buddhist forest monastics the traditional yellowish-brown shade, and I believe any tree that supports fruit this large must be imbued with quiet power.
Behind the fruit area a menagerie wanders,
including an ostrich that patiently poses,
and a spunky little turtle reaching out
that Jessica gracefully acknowledged a connection to—
I returned to the magic cottage, butterflies brushing by my knees,
and, just in time, ducked under an expansive web spanning native plants that surround the yard.
What do we almost miss as we go our usual routes? I returned to the gate and walked the path again, glancing up to see another web, another spider spinning,
I looked down to see one of the yellow flowers I often pluck from the gravel to fasten behind my ear as I leave;
trained to reach like our new turtle friend, the flowers fall from the trellis,
making way for a new cycle of growth to begin…
- all the flowers are forms of water
- caterpillar flowers, dancing shoes, and tiny, bubbling ideas
- feathers in our hair, flowers everywhere…
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Posted by Kristen Taylor on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008, 10:30 am * Filed in Design, Food, Photography, Travel. * Tags: florida, flowers, fruit, here, jackfruit, kristen, kthread, miami, robert, south, taylor. Follow responses through the RSS 2.0 feed. Leave a response, or trackback from your own site.