Sunday, September 30, 2007

Leaf and Timber

It is just my own peculiar take on things of course, but could there be anything more telling or poignant or Zen than this single vibrantly colored ash leaf resting on the weathered timbers of the old veranda on the last morning of September? I think not...

To me, this chance meeting of color, texture, form and fragrance is the essence of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic which is rooted in natural cycles, notions of impermanence, our acceptance and embrace of the transience which is the way of all living things.

Leaf and old wood resting together have a beauty which is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, and at the same time a full circle, perfect, timeless and complete in every way. Nothing here is merely kirei or pleasant to look upon, but all is omoshiroi, quietly striking, visually arresting and compelling in a way which elevates the unity of leaf and wood into the commonwealth of the beautiful and the sublime.

On this last day of September, such a composition is a gift.

4 comments:

Mouse said...

It is so important to accept that all is impermanence
and yet so very hard not to cling to people, possessions, life as a drowning man clings to a life raft
sigh...

Wren said...

a lovely photo - interesting background, nice contrast, simple and symbolic of the season

Barbara said...

I think that's the reason I love artwork and photographs so much. It's the way they can capture something so fleeting. It's beautiful.

Maya's Granny said...

I love that the leaf and the timber are both tree. And both in the aged category. Although, the leaf is almost infinitely younger than the timber.

Very lovely. Very zen. Very contemplative in a way that art can catch so well.

It is almost a visual haiku.