This tree has been growing on our property for, well, longer than the property has been ours (we've lived here for about eight years and the tree's been around for over a decade).
All this time, it remained small and barren. In fact, I had no idea what kind of tree it was... until this year. (Go ahead, take a guess. Then scroll down).
Did you guess avocado? You win. The fruit really disguise themselves among the leaves. It took awhile before we even noticed them, and even then we saw only one or two (of course, we didn't have such great expectations, after all those years). Now I've found six. Or is it seven?
I took these pictures about a month ago. The growth process is so slow, it'll be quite a few weeks before we can pick the avocados. Meanwhile the tree has already begun another reproductive season, and it's got new blossoms, about to open.
Everything around here is rush, rush, rush, all the time, but not the avocado. I won't overdo the metaphor; you can work out the rest.
Take it slow.... avocado.
Keep the balance,