A poinsettia that grew free and wild and unpotted.
A bird of paradise that looked as if it were about to take wing.
Trumpet flowers blaring their beauty.
Indian paintbrush coloring the hillside.
Balconies enough for an entire clan of Romeo and Juliets.
Castles in the air.
Tree trunks that looked as if they had been hand painted by a set designer for greater effect.
Tile work adorning the side of a house.
More welcomes than you can count.
And of course, the Hollywood sign.
Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Follow Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.