Today’s post-lunch pre-work wander up and down steps reminds me that the wheel of the year turns slow, with flower buds grinding it out petal by petal along shady sides of plaza stairwells, empty warmth of midwinter sunshine glinting off glass covered buildings, and change taking time.

Flower buds, pale green and pouty, prepare to burst into bright red petals in a stairwell bed outside an office building in the 2100 block of North California Boulevard in Walnut Creek, California

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