Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Beauty in Decay
As much as I love nature in full bloom, there is undeniable beauty to be found at all stages of life.
These particular ferns are a favorite of mine. They are Onoclea sensibilis, sensitive fern. So named because they react quickly to dry conditions. I started my fern bed with one tiny frond, spotted in the lawn while mowing and carefully transplanted.
Stopping by the fern bed one chilly morning I first mourned the loss of the cool bright green I so enjoyed. The earliest tiny fronds, so full of promise, are a favorite source of leaf impressions for my pendants.
Growing larger they enchant with their lovely shape and fresh color.
Today I was noticing the withering, drying fronds and feeling a little sad.
Looking closer I started to notice the individual cells... changing color... a beautiful pattern started to emerge.
I walked away from the bed feeling re-energized and hopeful for what had been and what is still to come.