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.
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.
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.