Monday, November 01, 2004

The Season Ends

Here's another glimpse of my bike tour of the country roads near our home. I was struck by the forlorn sight of one leaf on the side of the road. The transience of this moment and moments like it - a dying leaf, a setting sun, an impossibly long shadow, a breeze just waiting to repaint the environment - stays with me as I look at this photo. While the surface beauty of a scene may be fleeting, its underlying beauty resonates in our heads for a significantly longer period of time.

6 comments:

Mellie Helen said...

Wow. I just see a leaf. Then I read your description and I see and feel so much more. This is why you're a journalist and I'm a...blogger.

Lovely and insightful. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Rachel - Wicked Ink said...

We have a huge maple tree in our yard, and the leaves have been coming down in a steady flutter. Yesterday after walking J to school I returned, and looked up, seeing just a few hundred leaves, still mostly green, clinging to the top. I thought they looked defiant.

I love images that return to my head (with a pleasant emotional attachment).

Btw - J's friend's mom is from London, so I told her that I read at least one of the columns! (One day I will pick up the paper, just for fun).

Leanne said...

Simplicity in it's most complicated format... Nature!
Love it Carmi.

Joan said...

I'm really diggin' this picture! LOVE the shadow and how brilliantly colored the leaf is!

twenty something said...

I love that picture...and your description...

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Great photo, Carmi. You rock!