The saying that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction just might be the case. Or is it that the truth follows fiction? But before I elaborate on that phrase, let me tell you a story...
I woke up this morning to gray skies and started on my morning walk, just a short one, what I have time for today. The air was cool, damp and I was thinking that rain might move in. I walk and my mind wanders. So much is blooming now, I noticed as I walked through the neighorhood. I passed by some honeysuckle and smelled them before I actually saw them:
I remember as a kid they were prolific pretty much everywhere you went. We used to pick the blooms, very carefully with our fingernails detach the back of the bloom and pull out the stamens, capturing a little drop of honeysuckle juice. Then we would put the drop to our tongue, tasting the sweetness.
I continue on up the hill. More blooming and I realize I don't know the name of 99 percent of the things that grow here in California.
I'm enjoying all the blossoms, the heavy smell of green that the damp air provides. I continue up the hill and think maybe it's just a different climate up here because it is a bit higher. But the blooms are definitely getting larger and maybe just a bit more sinister looking.
It is beautiful, almost leathery looking and I wonder if it could be poisonous. I admired them a bit before I continued on.
Then I saw these:
The vine seems to be everywhere, trying in earnest to cover every tree around. And there were...things...hanging from it.
Rather large things.
So you can see the size I have held my hand next to one, but not too close, they are sharp, prickly and I wonder, do they bite?
It looks like it has grown a little tail and I looked a little closer at the others. Uh oh, look at this one:
Is it opening? I'm afraid so and when I crouched down...gulp...this is what I saw:
A pod full of aliens! And it looks like they will be coming out head first. It's kind of nasty looking and I am sure the movie The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is just one green pod away from becoming real.
What are they? Just some run of the mill invasive vine? I think not. And just in case, I'll be keeping my eye on these little creatures.
And speaking of green things, the San Dimas Farmer's Market is starting tonight. If I see anyone selling green prickly aliens I am going to run.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!