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Firecrackers Under My Feet

6 January 2011

A particular species of Eucalyptus tree makes buds in the summer heat.
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When the hairy yellow flowers burst out of the buds, the bud casing breaks into tiny, perfect half shells, and they fall to the ground. Thousands of them snow down.

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There, they roast all day on the hot concrete path, becoming drier and drier.

And then I walk along the path, and the shells crack under my feet, making the sound of teeny-tiny, Chinese firecrackers.

Such a beautiful and happy sound.