old flames

Here is another flowerless flower found in nature. This one I found on a hillside as I was walking back to my car after work. This really reminds me of a candelabra.


In English there is an idiomatic expression can't hold a candle to someone or something. It is used when comparing things. One is much better in your opinion than the rest. First recorded in 1883 in William Norris's work No New Thing he wrote:

"Edith is pretty, very pretty; but she can't hold a candle to Nellie."


Dolly Parton's song from 1980 Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You

"Old flames can't hold a candle to you

No one can light up the night like you do

Flickering embers of love

I've known one or two

But old flames can't hold a candle to you"



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Taken on December 4, 2008