April 25, 2003

Color My World

Image copyright Fred First
It is the translucency of spring that I look forward to from the middle of winter. It is this, more than the season's growth or warmth or change in the view that I anticipate. In mid-April, sunlight will travel 93 million miles to our woods, finding a million tiny see-through leaves. Packets and waves of light pierce cuticle, palisade cells, spongy mesophyll, guard cells...the entire world within the thin thickness of an emerging leaf. Spring leaves take in sun but do they not hold it. Like a ghost through a wall, spring sun shines into and through, and April leaves project a chartreuse glow on the world that you cannot see in summer. Keep your whiskers on kittens. This is one of my favorite things.

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