Break: a burst or explosion, as in bracken bursting out of the soil or willow flushing up in flame. For example, he watched the deer (in the case below, a lake) from his blind in the willow break.


Here’s a smooth sumac doing the same darned thing — in her case like lightning. More like a flash than a full-scale supernova.



Both photos were taken along Kalamalka Lake, in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

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