The Mystery of Leaves

Look how much more brightly the one leaf glows than the grass, which is eating light.

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Leaves in a Small Wetland on the Grey Canal Trail

Its light-eating days are over.

But look how dull the leaf right next to it is. These are both leaves that have lain for a couple months under deep snow. Seemingly, leaves go through a process of dying, which continues long after they have fallen, and long after they have lost their colour. The fall colour for cottonwood leaves like this is a rich yellow, not a red, and yet red it is. Perhaps leaves have a life outside of photosynthesis? They have gone as abstract as thought. Perhaps our thoughts, too, are leaves.

 

One thought on “The Mystery of Leaves

  1. “Look how much more brightly the one leaf glows than the grass, which is eating light.”

    What a simple fact, but somehow it is profound, and even a little spooky.

    Great post!

    Like

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