Kip’s Comments 2-25-14

Leaf with Holes - Image 239349c

Completing The Circle

Nothing lasts forever…nothing.  Late this afternoon I enjoyed a brief, cold walk around the yard. While the sun appeared warm, temperatures were in the single digits.  As I studied my trees and what the weight of the snow was doing to them, I noticed this leaf that had survived much of the winter intact. From a distance the leaf looks to be in pretty good shape.

Leaf with Holes - Image 239349

Leaf with Holes – Image 239349

 

However, if you look carefully, you can see numerous holes in the leaf, fractures in the surface, and evidence that the leaf will soon drop to the earth and convert to nutrients that feed this coming spring’s growth. I will likely not see the transition; melting snow and rain will no doubt hide the leaf. The end is near for this leaf, but with the end comes new beginnings soon to arrive.

Leaf with Holes - Image 239349c

Leaf with Holes – Image 239349c

 

We still have had no special species in the backyard. Others are seeing robins and waxwings. I was blessed only with my regular birds. In this case it was this hungry red-breasted woodpecker.

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Image 239318

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Image 239318

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Image 239318

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Image 239316

 

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