Heart-Shaped Leaves

April 19, 2012

New leaves like burnished gold in the morning light

I pass these trees on my walks to work.  I think they are katsura trees because of their delicate heart-shaped leaves.  I love the dappled colors of these leaves in the morning light.

New leaves of rusty yellow and burnished gold will turn green as they mature.

I love dappled light.

Looking up into the tree's canopy

A train of light reflected from new leaves

Katsura tree with inverted color effect

Leaves aligned in opposites

Spots and Dots

July 20, 2009

Spotted lily

Spotted lily

Daisies like yellow polka dots

Daisies like yellow polka dots

Spotted leopard, Botswana, September 2007

Spotted leopard, Botswana, September 2007

Pied giraffes, Botswana, September 2007

Pied giraffes, Botswana, September 2007

Seeing the twin fawns started me musing about spots.  My skin is getting more spotted, splotched, and freckled as I age.  I suppose it’s payback for the hours I spent in the sun in my youth, seeking the perfect tan.  A summer tan is no longer important to me.  I now cover up as much as I can to protect myself from more harm from the ravaging sun.

Still, there is beauty in nature’s offerings of spotted, dotted, dappled, stippled, and freckled things.

Pied Beauty
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things —
   For skies of couple-color as a brindled cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plow;
      And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
      Praise Him.