When we first moved in to our house a neighbor across the street gave us a cutting of her beefeater begonia. Twelve years later it is still thriving and produces the most beautiful flowers at the bleakest time of year. I have always been fascinated by these blooms because they are both tri-lobed and bi-lobed on the same flower. But the real reason I started this blog entry about the begonia is not because of the flower.
The other day I was doing a rare thing and cleaning the house when I noticed a dead leaf had fallen from the begonia. When I picked it up to throw it away I happened to glance down as it fell into the garbage can and this is what I saw! These amazing dessicated pathways were being created as the leaf slowly dried out while laying on the radiator.
How lucky I was to find this leaf at that perfect moment. And when I looked even closer at the drying leaf, there was a beautiful, warm glow at the heart of it set off perfectly by the silver grey lines.
"Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure." -Rumi