02 July 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.
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There’s little doubt that summer is about flowers and their evergreen effect upon our senses. And so recently while strolling through a local botanical garden, the morning light forced me to examine the way it brought many, many leaves to center stage. That stage brought my attention to their visual qualities, qualities that we usually do not notice in the summer.
Trees and other leaf-bearers are so enveloped by summery greenery that individual leaves get lost in the plethora. Usually we only notice their better sides in the autumn, a time when they shed their summer garb, and become the center of the season, coloring the landscape.
To see summer leaves with their finery is to appreciate what we miss with much of our attention focused on floral profusion. But as I ponder the role of a leaf in summer, their importance puts them along side the blossom. Each provides critical elements to the natural world and to the well-being of human nature.
Each leaf becomes central to photosynthesis, using chlorophyll that sustains food (energy) production and then produces oxygen that sustains us. They need to be put (year round) on a higher pedestal.
In the Lens section are a few images that demonstrate my point: a leaf’s ability to engage us, and at the same time play a vital role on Mother Earth.
To notice the unnoticed provides a treasure trove of discoveries. There is a level of seeing needed with a greater depth of perception, and a greater ability to observe the usually unseen or barely noticed. And I realize that there is a level of intimacy that drives my seeing.
The faces of a leaf or a flower or their undersides are on duty all the time, and noticing brings me closer to nature and its gifts. To frame each is to illuminate a minute, hour or day. To frame each is to bring sustenance to my spirit and soul,
“The truth demands our attention.” The New York Times, 17 June 2018, full-page advertisement.
“The truth has a voice.” The New York Times, 01 July 2018, full-page advertisement.