"The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." --Robert Louis Stevenson.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Autumn Shock and Awe
How can people waste their lives looking downward to little metal squares, texting and emailing and phoning...when it's autumn and there's a spectacular show going on?
I'm amazed that God makes so much matter--zillions of leaves--every spring, created in such a way that in a few short months they turn explosive colors, shouting "look at me!" before dropping off and crumbling away into brown nothingness. I'm also mind-boggled by the world's tilted axis, creating seasons with constant change and diversity in our environments. Why should the earth tilt?
I'm no scientist, obviously, but I intently observe it all, marveling at the shockingly vibrant colors here in the Northwest. Yesterday I went to our local Japanese Garden, where kimono'd hosts welcomed us to the annual "Maple Viewing" event. Japanese music performed live lilted over the koi-marbled pond; tents for dabbling in Japanese arts attracted families, and squeals of joy from visitors punctuated their strolls as they discovered new vistas of astounding brilliance.
We must not let the colors go unappreciated. Gasps of awe and gratitude are appropriate. (photos by me, copyright 2009)