15 May 2006

Taking a deep breath.


There are so many wonderful things I love about Missoula:

Our muffled winter fogs; the way the snow can fill our valley like a bowl of heavy cream; quiet streets shaded in the summer with maple leaves the size of dinner plates; and the incredible greens and blues shimmering in waves up the hills around us.

But what I love most are these days in May, when the lilacs are in bloom. There must be almost a hundred lilac bushes in every square mile inside Missoula - at least one or two bushes on every block. Colours in the palest of lavenders, whites, violet, and deep purple…spilling over fences, gathered in groves, and hedging entire property lines .


Missoula's lilacs intoxicate. Their fragrance drifts in the air. It permeates – saturates our clothing, our hair. It fills our lungs, and tickles our minds. It teases, arouses, and renders everyone in love. People on the street will stop in their tracks for no reason, but to inhale.

18 comments:

Caroline said...

I'd love to breathe in the scent of lilac on a city-wide scale! I have one bush and its a joy.

Janet said...

Perfect color.... looks almost like needlework. And you painted more beautiful images with your words!

Joy Eliz said...

Oh yes!!! I love Lilac. I have one outside my window and every now and then the scent lingers in.

Borut said...

Right people, right time and right place bring success. Now I know it. If I ever need to fall in love, I’ll come around in May…:))

onclejohann said...

Missoula is definitely NOT Great Falls, Montana. To have been so close to something so beautiful and not know it. Oh well, maybe I'll get the chance when I begin to youthenate. BTW - the painting says it all, doesn't it?

Sandy said...

Oh, I would love to be there now.

I am laughing so hard at the way you say lilac[k]s and yes, I know, I'm no one to be talking about the way you pronounce a word. Remember I[Oh]wa? hehehe What a pair.

Love your illo. Her hair looks like it's floating in the scent of lilacs.

S.

Cookie said...

Helloooo!!

Ellen said...

The neighbors used to have lilacs and their fragrance would find its way into my bedroom in the early mornings! Just last night on a walk I passed several bushes and buried my face in their sweetness! I've never visited Missoula in Spring, but now it will be a must-do! (It's one of my fave places!!)

merlinprincesse said...

Love the colours. Just looking at it reminds me of the nice scent of lilac! AWWWWW! :)

Dudley said...

Your writing reminds me of the lilacs you are describing. A man could swim in your fragrance.

I liked Monochrome. Have you thought about doing a series of those with narratives like you have written at BOTF?

Your talent is not overlooked, Cat. The further you distance yourself from Tempo's poisonous provocations, the better you get.

Pomme said...

A breathtaking surprise - wow! Very beautiful (prose and image both)

Rrramone said...

This is so inspired. :-)

jeff w said...

Great site!

ValGalArt said...

what an absolutely glorious post! I wish I could see it but your charming illo and words make me feel as if I can!!!

Poetry by Kai said...

hey ur blog is so interesting....

thank u 4 stopping by.....

Caty said...

I guess this image actually describe your lilac feelings! i love it!

Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Oh if ever a visual has captured the verbal accompaniment.

This has.

I love your lilac lady. She floats above it all...or rises to the surface...or sinks in blissful surrender...extending tendrils of contentment.

Peanot sympathique said...

Ohhh, what a great story. Love it, make me feel good, pass me on good memories of spring and his scented blooming!
Michèle from Le carnet de Mimi