by Student Bailey Alexson, Oct. 8, '14
Oil Pastel and Black Marker.
― Kate Messner, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.
Let us during this beautiful season consider "leaves". No, no, not about raking them up and getting rid of them, that will come. For now, as we enjoy the colorful display that the leaves are giving us, we must consider the humble leaf just for a few minutes. Since they are sacrificing their very lives, just to give us some beauty, they do deserve a moment of our thought and attention.
We have a huge linden tree in our backyard. This tree has very large leaves which, this fall, it has unceremoniously covered our entire backyard! Lawn, pond, flower garden, deck and furniture. All mounded with beautiful huge yellow and brown leaves. The whole surface of our backyard has become a bed of quivering leaves rustling in the beautiful warm (for now) fall breezes.
There is no shortage of leaves at our house.
I scooped some of these into a garbage bag and took them to art class this morning, destined to be the subject of my students artistic scrutiny in the usual contour drawing exercise at the beginning of each class. The warm-up for the main course to come!
So what is so amazing about this leaf that abounds in such numbers around us?
First, there is the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves. This becomes especially evident in a camping environment. It seems here in the city, there is to much noise or our houses are too soundproof for us to really be aware of this phenomenon. The sound of rustling leaves us a beautiful backdrop of nature music in our ears. It is restful, reassuring and brings a peace to our souls. A kind of symphony we hear and respond to without thinking.
Then there are leaves that bring healing, physical healing to our wounds and ailing muscles.
Another thing we often forget is the fact that without leaves we as air breathing humans and animals would not survive. Without that amazing process leaves go through to live and grow, we would simply suffocate. They are very important indeed.
Finally, it seems that leaves can actually fly. We notice this especially in the fall season when the air is filled with leaves moving in the wind. loosening themselves from their trees from any and all heights and making their way down to the earth in such interesting and creative ways, flittering and fluttering all the way. Often carried by the breeze on journeys of long distances.
Even when landed, they continue to move, flutter, dance, bounce and gather, here then there, restless, seeking by their movements to entertain and be noticed still.
Leaves are a wonder, important and a necessity. Let us look around and drink in the beauty of the season with new appreciation.
“and the leaves were telling secrets to the wind.”
― Peter Mulvey