Leaves mask nature’s naked side


“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Have you ever noticed how the sudden growth spurts and subtle appearance of new leaves on nearby trees seems to add a breath of life and optimism to the crispness of a chilly spring morning? Bees swarm. Ants colonize. Leaves grow. The wonder of nature. As simple as that.

Ask a youngster to draw the figure of a tree and the odds are pretty good that their stick like creations will include an abundance of leaves of all shapes, sizes, colors and dimensions.

Children are the first to truly notice the subtle nuances of life and death that nature presents to human beings. Adults are too busy and wrapped up in their own real world problems and anxieties to notice these changes.

A child’s inquisitive mind wonders at a leaf’s first appearance in the spring; the way it sways in the wind during a summer thunderstorm; and the magical way the same leaf changes color in the autumn months and eventually disappears in the winter.

The main photo above show the way a tree in a nearby schoolyard has spurted back to life in just a few short weeks of warm spring weather. It is almost magical to watch the changes occurring everyday.

The top insert was taken at the beginning of this month. The middle photo in October. The third picture taken in the winter. They depict the seasonal changes that this one tree experiences in its unexceptional life cycle.

Poets, artists, philosophers, photographers and of course children take the time to notice and appreciate nature’s cycles.

Why not take a few moments and look out your own kitchen window and appreciate what is going on around you?

Nature is never naked. It is only in a state of continual transition.





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