Holding On For Dear Life

Marcescent leaves

Against The Odds – Photo Challenge:

Each week, I will post a photograph as part of a challenge from the Daily Post – you are invited to participate. This week, the challenge is entitled, Against The Odds.

Please show me your interpretation of the subject by adding a comment, with a link to your Website post, Facebook photo, Flickr image, etc.

This week, share a photo that says “against the odds.” Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds — a shot you never thought you’d get. Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.

These leaves have been hammered by a wet, windy and arctic winter, and yet they still hold onto their life source against the odds. They are crispy brown, but resilient against the onslaught of Mother Nature.

There is a name for these type of leaves, that hang onto the tree, long after others have fallen to the ground. They are marcescent leaves. Nobody knows why they don’t fall during Autumn, but when expanding buds appear in Spring, they will fall to their fate on the forest floor.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.


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