Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

Nature and Protest in America

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

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Washington DC, Glover-Archbold Park, Friday, November 11, 2016 at 2:42 and 2:46 pm.

Washington, DC, Glover-Archbold Park, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at 2:42 p,.

Washington, DC, Glover-Archbold Park, 11/11/2016, 4:26 pm.

New York City, Fifth Ave. at 30th St., Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm.

NYC, Fifth Ave. at 30th St., 11/12/2016 at 2:16 pm,.

NYC, Fifth Ave. at 30th St., 11/12/2016 at 2:16 pm,.

NYC, Fifth Ave. at 30th St., 11/12/2016 at 2:16 pm,.

 

American Elms in Autumn

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

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The scene last Friday beneath the lime-green and yellow leaf canopy of an elm tree I planted several years ago. Tomorrow, Sandy will claim the last vestige of this fall beauty.

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Autumn Leaf Prints

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

On the way to work this morning I came across this stretch of sidewalk. How could I not stop in my tracks?

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The ghostly stains were the traces of fallen maple leaves.

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As I was to learn later from research on Google, it sometimes happens, when conditions are just right, that a strong natural dye in dying leaves (tannic acid) leaches out to mark each leaf’s temporary resting place on the concrete bed:

As the death-bed, whereon it must expire, consumed with that which it was nourish’d by.

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Winds come to blow away the leaves and what’s left behind are what some people call “leaf prints” — representations that are spooky in the same way fossil imprints in shale, and X-rays of human body parts, are spooky.

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These impressions are images of passage, signs of dissolution befitting autumn.

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Two other bloggers who’ve been captivated by this phenomenon report their reactions¬†here and here. An alternative version of my post is found here.

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