In spring I celebrate the new leaves of trees, green in so many shades.
Those of Beech trees I find particularly gorgeous.
By summer it is obvious the leaves of trees are an important source of food for many other living things, part of the cycle of life in which we absorb and store the sun’s energy and pass it along the food chain.
Fall in Vermont! More than just gorgeous colors, of course, though they certainly are gorgeous.
It is also a time when leaves shut down as the trees prepare for winter. Part of that process, as fallen leaves decompose, is the recycling of nutrients that will be transformed into new leaves in the spring. The beauty I find in this part of the cycle may not be a fresh as the greens of spring or as flashy as a fall hillside, but it still has a beauty I find undeniable.