“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cohen
I absolutely ascribe to the to the concept of wabi-sabi: finding beauty in imperfection. What is beautiful becomes even more lovely through the stories told by the mars and smudges that life and living leave.
The quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) has no shortage of grace and is no doubt captivating in its fall wear. From afar, its bright color sets the forests ablaze with yellow. With a cool morning and a blue sky for contrast, a slight breeze to set it a-quaking, it is gorgeousness manifested. But, it’s the detail, the detail, that grabs me. Knowing that this leaf fed an insect, that might have fed a bird, that might in turn feed another animal, or at least the earth, that ads volumes to its value. This leaf’s imperfection is a signpost to its role in the cycle of life. Stunning.