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Continuum of the Seasons In a Single Leaf

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We tend to speak of the four seasons as though they are distinct entities. Many calendars list the first day of fall, winter, spring and summer as though someone on those dates flips a switch and one season magically gives way to another.

As a student of the seasons, I’ve thought about how the line dividing one season from another is blurry and that seasons overlap. Within a single season are a series of seasons of their own.

I was out walking recently in search of images of fall foliage. I spotted this single oak leaf lying on the asphalt trail and was struck by how it represents multiple seasons at the same time.

There is green to represent summer, gold to represent fall and golden brown to represent winter. The leaf, like the seasons themselves, is a continuum of colors and a state of being.

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Written by csanders429

November 2, 2016 at 8:03 am

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