Still Learning To See


Cold with a biting wind today by comparison to the past week. The lovely new moon and nearby Venus in the evening sky will surely be accompanied by frost tonight. But what a remarkable day it was—full of family and friends and some driving time to think about all of use together in this life.

Seeing the woodlots bordering these Michigan farm fields. Most now showing shades of green and gray and red along the margins, the tree flowers and leaves coming forth, and the structure of the trees alive and anchoring the landscape. There are few sights as beautiful as the bare branches of a tree.

It is a good time to reflect on the shape of my life and the many branches that have grown over the years.

The branches of the American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), here with a few leaves remaining from last year, are one of the most beautiful sights I could imagine.

This entry was published on March 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm and is filed under Leaves, Trees. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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