A Monday Moment

If an author tells you that you “should live in the moment,” you know he’s either a fool or a hypocrite. Authors don’t write about “the moment”; they write about the past, or, at best, some imaginary future. It’s impossible to do otherwise.

It is equally impossible to blog about the moment, but I’ll fake it and take a brief break from my Santa Rosa trip to blog about my Monday visit to Pt. Defiance Rose Garden because if you live in Tacoma you need to visit the Rose Garden now, during our current spell of sunshine.

It’s obvious the roses love the heat; they look like they’ve been reborn, showing none of the scars from the late Spring rains we experienced here.


Even the peripheral gardens look as beautiful as they have all summer.

White Flower

Most of all, the Dahlia garden is in full bloom; even the bees know enough to visit now.

Bumblebees On Purple Dahlia

There are several varieties I don’t remember having seen in the past, like this orange and white variety.

Orange-White Dahlia

There were much larger varieties then this red-tinged beauty, but none struck me as quite as beautiful.

Red and Yellow Dahlia

If I really believed in living for the moment, I’d be outside enjoying today’s sunshine instead of sitting inside polishing images and describing a beauty that’s already days old, nearly forgotten already in the beauty of yesterday’s trip to Mt. Rainier.

Any joy I feel in revisiting these beauties pales in comparison to the joy I felt in observing them first-hand. I can only imagine what it must feel like to experience them only through a computer screen thousands of miles away.