Bougainvillea Glow

I’m happy to report that I am back to blogging after being off the network for the last month. One month ago today I had knee replacement surgery on my left leg. Last August I had the same thing done on my right leg. For me this is the result of 35 to 40 years of recreational jogging, five days a week and four miles a day consistently. I am doing well and take my physical therapy exercises seriously. I’m ahead of average recovery results for month one. I was the same last year and know the importance of doing the exercises as prescribed by my Physical Therapist.

While I was “icing” my knee after exercising and throughout the day, I would spend as much of that time outdoors as I could. We have a three person garden swing on the back side of our patio that has a bougainvillea behind it and part of the branches hang slightly over the swing. As I would sit there stretched out with my leg elevated, my eyes kept getting draw up to the red blooms of the plant about 2 feet above the top of the swing. For those of you familiar bougainvillea, what we think of as the bloom is three red petals with the consistency of very thin paper which allows light to shine though it. The plant is in a shaded area, but some sun does come through. When the light hits the petals from behind it creates that glow.

On the first picture you can see this result very easily by looking at the coloring of the different clusters of red petals.

Bougainvillea 1

On the second picture you can see the glow on the left side petals versus direct sunlight on the front of a couple of the right side petals.

Bougainvillea 2

OK, so obviously I had way too much time on my hands during my 20 minute icing rests, but these shots were the extent of my photography or even digital art work during this month.

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44 thoughts on “Bougainvillea Glow

  1. Darlene

    It sounds like you are recovering well. Bougainvillea is pretty but grows like a weed here. It can actually take over if not trimmed regularly like about 4 times a year. My neighbour couldn’t get into his house that he hadn’t been to for some time. I see today the bush is gone. Take care.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Bet that was beautiful! The house we are in here in LA was built in the 30’s and I swear the Bougainvillea itself dates back to that…the main trunk is the size of a small tree. Lots of ongoing trimming, keeps me hopping!! Thanks for stopping by Carl…hope all is well with you!!

  2. Writing to Freedom

    I’m glad to hear you’re doing well with your surgery and rehab Kirt. The hiking trails are calling! I love the bougainvillea blossoms from all directions even if they’re a voracious grower.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the well wishes Brad…hiking is starting to call me!! The Bougainvillea does require a fair amount of maintenance, but love the spot of bright color!!

  3. Felipe Adan Lerma

    So glad you’re progressing so well, Kirt! And looks like you’ve spent your time well, both in recovery & creatively! 😊 Bougens, like my wife & I like to call ‘em are gorgeous – had our best ground plant of it in Galveston in the 90s! Love that second pic best, lovely light, great light effects! 😊

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      And the lighting was all natural which is what caught my eye!! Recovery is going really well…ahead of where I was same time last year and even that was ahead of the norm for recovery. My best to you!!

  4. Sabiscuit

    I hope you’re recovering well after your surgery. So sorry to hear you had to go through this experience. I’m sure your loyal subscribers are happy to have you back. Best wishes.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the well wishes! I’m thrilled to be on this side of the surgery….even with the leg still being sore and all of the PT…it’s still light years better than what the leg was before!! Hope all is well with you!!

  5. Nancy

    So good to hear from you and I am thrilled you are doing well!
    Your view from the swing is quite lovely. You showed the bougainvillea’s beauty quite well. There is a love hate relationship with bougainvillea that I have. I love it as it’s beautiful and well they are messy so that’s the hate part. Lol!
    Speedy recovery to you and so glad all is well!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the well wishes and I share your love\hate relationship for the same reasons. This particular Bougainvillea is very mature….the main trunk line is the size of a small tree….requires a fair amount of trimming frequently. Hope all is well with you!!

  6. Dan Antion

    I’m glad you’re back and doing well, Kirt. Listening to your PT is do important. If for no other reason than, if you don’t, they will make you work harder.

    I love the ways flower petals look in various light, but especially when the glow. These are wonderful.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the well wishes Dan. I have a niece who is a Physical Therapist and was blessed to be able to use her last year….she knows me well enough that she could push me to the limit and not go over that. Not able to use her this year (insurance issues), but I know enough to push myself just far enough…my current PT loves it as he knows the background with my niece and he also knows how I push myself.

  7. Diane Henders

    Beautiful! I love bougainvillea – I wish it was hardy in our climate.

    And congratulations on your second new knee! I’m glad it went well and you’re back in action. Stay well! 🙂

  8. Sue Slaght

    Wonderful to see you back Kirt! Glad to hear you are ahead of schedule in the recovery and following the advice of your health care team. Your description of the ‘icing’ swing is a pretty one. Gorgeous blossoms to bring you positivity through recovery. Welcome back!

  9. Jet Eliot

    I like this post because it’s all about immersing in what is before you, which is what happens when we are laid up and/or still. You did a great job of capturing the magic of the bougainvillea, Kirt. We have quite a bit of it in and around northern Calif., but southern Cal. is delightfully loaded with it, and I never ever tire of it. Wonderful post, and best wishes on the continued success of your healing knee.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Jet…I appreciate the feedback!! I still have a ways to go, but even at this point it’s great to be able to walk somewhat normal….hiking here I come!!😎

  10. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Kirt, I’m sorry I missed this post — but glad to find it tonight. I hope you are on the mend now. These photos are spectacular. The first time I saw bougainvillea was during a brief trip to southern California (actually my only visit there). I was mesmerized by the papery blossoms. I enjoyed your descriptions. Hugs on the wing.


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