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Firecrackers Under My Feet

6 January 2011

A particular species of Eucalyptus tree makes buds in the summer heat.

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.

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.