Sunday, July 21, 2019

Green leaves for the win

Largely ignored
London, ON
July 2019
This photo originally shared on Instagram
For as long as I can remember, we've been told to take the time to smell the roses. Or the flowers. Or something like that.

But flowers aren't always handy. So you go with green leaves instead. Not quite as romantic, I'll admit. They don't smell as nice. They don't get their own holiday. No one aspires to receive a bouquet of leaves as a token of affection.

They don't peg the visual meter, either: When was the last time you dropped everything so you could sightsee some green leaves?

Autumn is a different story, but it's July. It's a green world for the next little while.

Which explains my continued exploration of greenery. It isn't sexy, or headline-grabbing, but it most definitely is representative of what surrounds us now.

Which brings me to a more realistic truth to replace the rose-themed one that seems to dominate popular culture: Work with what you've got, when you've got it.

Because we aren't always lucky to have roses nearby. And even if we are, who says they're more worthy of our attention than the other, supposedly plainer stuff that grows on our planet?

And while you're at it, go ahead and ignore the "they" people. No one asked them which stories were worth telling.

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