Because my blog is called, The Last Leaf Gardener, I have written about last leaves in previous posts including ones during January and March. However, this post begins with a first leaf - the first leaf on my Acer palmatum (a tree that I have in my urban garden) to change color in honor of Autumn. Even though I recently blogged about November being a time to focus on garden textures that get overlooked by color, I am returning to color with this post. My Acer's golden tones can be seen (in the photograph posted below) in this single leaf peeking out from the green and cream colored hues of the Acer's other leaves.
My freedom to enjoy my 'Shigitatsu Sawa' leaf changing colors from a green with cream tones, to a golden with rosey tones, from the first leaf to all of its leaves, and then to create images celebrating it, is in part won by veterans who fought for freedom in wars gone by.
I spoke about the freedom to create in the first posting of this blog. Those who paid the price for freedom, with their lives, have been robbed of years to enjoy fall foliage such as my Acer's (all of its leaves are have now turned to a golden hue with rose undertones as seen in the photograph below).
For those who served, the veterans that we honor today, who sadly know that "in war, there are no unwounded soldiers" (Jose Narosky), may the changing leaves be a reminder, and a consolation that all things are passing.
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