Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thinking Out Loud



The garden is full of metaphors any time of the year.


Take these leaves which have fallen from the Japanese Maple (Bloodgood) for example.


They are representative of the changes that this tree is now going through.


It is part of this plant's life's cycle to renew itself and shed all 'past appearances', it's leaves.


 It is now time for this plant to move forward and prepare itself for the next phase in it's life.


This all happens so automatically, it's as if it is on 'automatic pilot'.


These fallen leaves also play a part in this plant's future.


They will eventually decompose into the soil and supply nourishment
to, I guess, itself,


and help restart the whole process for years to come.


I know Botany 101 is not 'rocket science' my any stretch of the
imagination,



but it is a simple metaphor like this that can give us some perspective.


27 comments:

  1. Changes in each season all seem to happen as if by an unseen order, a bit like " The Changing of the Guards" and I am still in awe of nature as it recycles so much, gives us those deep shades as leaves fall, the beauty of bare branches, and then the new beginnings in each springtime. Your colours are beautiful, and the words full of thoughts .Thankyou for sharing your part of the world with us. Cheers from Jean

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    1. You know Jean what I am realizing is that we humans are so much a part of the 'process'....these changes are occurring in us as well.
      Your garden must be keeping you very busy this time of year in NZ. Enjoy.

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  2. I love the way the changes remind us that life carries on - and that change can be transformation.

    Lovely lovely lovely photos! I'm in love with those leaves!

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    1. Thanks Fiona, I am happy you liked these leaves. They looked so delicate as they rested on the deck.
      Transformative indeed.

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  3. Just when things seem to be falling apart, there is hope for the future.

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    1. Things must fall apart at times in order to improve our vision of the present. Then the future will fall in place accordingly.

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  4. I love the look of the weathered grey wood beneath the leaves.

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    1. Yes Debra, that old deck is holding up pretty well under the pressures of the seasons we have here.
      They do go well together.

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  5. Amazing colour on those leaves.

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    1. I agree 'Penny'. Good to see you here.

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  6. I love the color and shape of these leaves.

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    1. This 'maple' goes through so many colours from spring to now. This fuscia/pink shade took me by surprise the other day.

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  7. I've never seen maple leaves that color before. Really pretty. I sometimes think people go through the same stages, i.e., we have new ideas, burst forth with renewed energy, get tired, pull back into ourselves, rest up and off we go again -- or something like that.

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    1. Exactly, Kittie!
      To be honest I can't remember these leaves turning this colour last year. Must be evolving into a new tree?!

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  8. I thought the vivid leaves against the gray wooden deck was beautiful! Also the words. Have a happy day!

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    1. A happy day I am having Louise!! Couldn't be happier!!!! I better settle down before Ron gets suspicious! lol

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  9. Hello Jim,
    I feel I have shed my virtual leaves early this year and am excited for my new leaves to arrive - beautiful colours and picture!
    Ivan

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    1. Shed away my friend. There is so much more for you to 'show'!

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  10. Lovely images, and beautiful contrast of colours. When you are a photographer, every season has something to offer when you're looking at it through your camera lens!

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    1. Yes Martha, there is will always be something to photograph. Think of the possibilities!!!!

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  11. A good reminder that Spring will come again, in all ways.

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    1. Thanks Bobbi. By the time spring comes can you juyst imagine the joy we'll have to see and embrace it!

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    1. Louise, it was one of those moments in that there you are stepping out of the car and looking around to see this in front of me. Luckily I brought the camera.

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    2. I always try to have my camera with me, because shots such as your header are serendipitous! Light against a dramatic sky and beautiful grasses is ephemeral; there, and gone, in no time at all. I'll bet the air was fresh and clean!

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