IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #570 – Memories that come through the nose.

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So here I am, continuing my trip down memory lane.

Just as I was wooed by my eyes with the notice of my old marbles, my nose seemed jealous and wanted to add some flavor of it’s own. As we walked a couple of evenings ago, a certain smell brought seasoning of it’s own doing.  Not a flower or a bush, the sort of smell that wafted nostalgia. Ah, the smell of fresh landry placed out in the fall air to dry. The feel of my youth, straining to reach the non-sagging end of the clothesline. The comforting smell and the clean crispness of gathering of garments made afresh from the wash of the fall air.

I think a little of my waxing nostalgic is brought on by my approaching sixty fifth birthday.  A number that seems way too big to fit into my frame of mind. It is causing me more mental conflict than any of the other candles that have been burned away. Throw in fall, my favorite season if for no other reason than of all the great smells that carry me back.

So, I followed my eyes and nose to the source in my neighbors backyard. I felt the smell as the clothes were tousled by the breeze. Such a gentle and calming moment. But like our short fall season, it will quietly fade into winter and then come freshly back alive next spring.

Follow your nose to a place of peace. ††† en theos ††† jimwork

Photos on the journey #485 -young Buffalo gourd bloom


I found this early Buffalo gourd plant blooming in our walking field. The blooms have an interesting look. The flowers will turn to fruit in the form of a baseball sized gourd that resembles a small watermelon. I couldn’t believe that people actually eat these things. The plant has an odor that very much smells like, well it smells much like when you haven’t put on deodorant for a few days.

Cucurbita foetidissima, has numerous common names, including: buffalo gourd calabazilla chilicotecoyote gourdfetid gourdfetid wild pumpkinMissouri gourd,  prairie gourd,  stinking gourdwild gourd,  and wild pumpkin. The plant is an axerophytic tuberous plant found in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. The type specimen was collected from Mexico by Humboldt and Bonpland sometime before 1817.

The feral perennial Buffalo gourd has evolved in the semiarid regions and is well adapted to desert environments. It has abundant yields of oil, protein and carbohydrates. The carbohydrates who are formed in the tap root have led to the idea to grow the plant for biofuel.

The fruit is consumed by humans and animals. When the fruit is mature a stage marked by increasing desiccation of vine, leaves, fruit-stem, and fruit itself it begins its final gourd stage.

PEACEOUT ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

Photos on the journey #381


Such a personal question, yet there the answer lay in public site for all to see.

Occasionally on our walks at home, the smell of laundry being done causes us to acknowledge its presence. Most often that is the aroma of a chemical induced electric dryer smell. This was different. From a sidewalk away, the reminder of a time past wafted into our hearts.

Such order, such cleanliness, so “green”. I imaged a kindly nana, showing her nina the structure and complexity of the seemingly simple task of hanging clothes. A drift to the backyard of childhood, when secrets were not kept, order was shown, the laundry smelled true.

en theos†††††jim