12 September 2012
I. The Leaf as Centerfold
II. Leaves as Key Players
Let me know which is your favorite.
In my world September ushers autumn, usually with a slow steady pace. Still, each year is unique. Sometimes as we ease closer to the real burst of the season’s meaning, it performs with such startling actions that we are drawn to stare and woo each part of the drama. In truth its the leaf that is the star–the protagonist in this annual wonder.
My exuberance about this heroine is longstanding. You can read my post from June, which demonstrates my ability to gush about this rather humble part of Mother Nature’s progeny: https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/the-leaf/
So it is not unusual to find me ambling through my gardens and other spots to see their changes. Without vigilance much can be missed and overlooked. Without daily spying one moment’s blend of beauty or decay can be transformed into another life form.
The leaf alters over time from too-tiny-to-visualize into reclaimed elements savored by the earth. They’re my gardens source of gold, adding rich compose that brings new-found nourishment for next year’s nourishment. And should I mention that they provide oxygen for us to BREATHE.
Most of a leaf’s life is spent nourishing flora, giving itself up as a vessel for the greater good. Vegetation is reliant on a combination of factors that includes the leaf as vehicle for its sustenance. This dedicated wonder deserves more recognition for its contributions.
They are perfect as mirrors into how a life cycle works. Still, they are rarely noticed or praised until they start their demise. People travel long distances to see autumn’s Broadway-like show. They can be dazzled by the concert of hues and multiple shades of singular or groves of plants and trees. Or they might find the forces of nature just did not perform with a perfect 10.
In the Lens section are small odes to this critical and glorious part of our own existence. It’s divided into two sections: The Leaf as Centerfold and Leaves as Key Players. A leaf can be appreciated for numerous reasons. For me their individuality and magnificence is part of their splendor.
Each has an artistic quality. One can be drawn to them at any stage of existence. We just must see what they have to offer, which can take close investigation to reveal unique qualities of their spirit.
While there is some attention given to the unfolding of a leaf in the spring, summer and winter are less kind to it. But then autumn arrives and gathers enough adulation to build a larger and larger fan base.
Impermanence can jolt the senses and sensibilities. It raises questions and more questions. With the fluctuation in our climate worldwide, the leaf could become a centerfold for concern.
Still, its aging makes me think that it is representative of semi-permanence. After all the leaf begins and strolls through it birth, adolescence and adulthood. Then in only three seasons it is doomed to old age. But in that role it is a savior too. It becomes part of every part of every part. It decays and is reborn as something anew.
It seems their work is never done. I’ve decided it’s not a bad gig.
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of this blog.