Look at these leaves burn their way through the snow, precisely because they are dark.
Against it, the dark trees are light (or, at least, bright). In the earliest form of all European languages, black and light were the same thing. The glare or brightness of all the elements in the elm tree below were, to our ancestors, the same startling presence.
You can see a discussion of that here:
Flame: the energy form of passage and transition, present, understood and anticipated, usually manifesting as a leaf of fire, the fire in a leaf, or the potential fire in coal.
Leaf Burning Through the Snow
That’s from my earth language blog www.earthwords.net
I’m working on what I hope will be tomorrow’s post, about how these observations about light and dark impact culture, science, and art, and what lies beyond the divisions currently accepted as ‘real’. I want to take the time to get it right, so, in the meantime, an image to contemplate:
Sun Burning Through Fog Behind Giant Rye Grass
Light? Dark? Colour? It’s all the same thing…almost. Tomorrow we’ll talk about that.