Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is TRANSITION.

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my daughter and her family. Much of the food we ate was part of family tradition that goes back over half a century. This year, however, I could not help but notice the transition from my wife’s and my leadership in planning and preparation to that of my daughter and son-in-law. Also of importance in that transition were the roles of our adult granddaughters in making their own versions of family “traditional” holiday dishes and taking the lead on decorations. Seeing our family repeating traditions of our own young days over three generations was heartwarming. It is bittersweet to see that transition taking place. The old guard steps back, and the new steps forward; life goes on.

Transition is also taking place in my garden.


Late last spring the Cornus kousa dogwood was beautiful and covered with white blossoms.



The petals dropped, but the tree remained a solid green presence in the garden.


When fall rolled around, the leaves turned a deep red with some orange tints.








Now the leaves are almost gone. But the kousa goes on. It is putting out a tree full of buds for next spring’s foliage and flowers…a transition from the beauty of this fall to the hope of next spring.


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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8 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Sounds like a lovely holiday – sad to see the leaves go tho, isn’t it?


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful post, John. It is kind of bittersweet to see the young move forward into adulthood, taking over roles that seem like we took on only a short time ago. We’re all in the process of transitioning…


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  4. Raspberry says:

    pretty autumn leaves.. I stay in the tropics and rarely get to see red leaves.
    Happy holidays!


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