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"Leaves that are green turn to brown"

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020

When songwriter Paul Simon wrote these lyrics to his song (LEAVES THAT ARE GREEN - 1966) "I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song, I'm twenty-two now but I won't be for long. Time hurries on and the leaves that are green turn to brown" he must have been thinking about the passage of time.
As the song unfolds, Paul Simon writes that they (the leaves) "crumble in your hand." Before the leaves on my tree crumble, however, I thought I'd take a few photos to celebrate them at this point as they morph from green to brown.

Brown Leaves

When I was a child, I must have reached for the rusty, brick red, chocolaty paints during art classes to capture the autumn I had in my mind. My leaves resembled past their best house bricks but that didn't stop my parents from putting them onto fridges and walls to scare off unwelcome visitors.

Now in my 50s, I feel there's an argument to be had that a brown leaf isn't past its best - I want to argue that it's in the prime of its life; It's cast-off its greenness and donned a distinguished palette of saffron, burnt orange, coral, copper rose with a touch of walnut or, is it maple? Some of the green leaves have no intention of going brown without a fight - first they'll throw several shades of mossy, ferny, and olive-like naturalness. An artist would summarise the colours of a leaf better, but I thought I'd capture them on my phone to show you what inspired me to take a closer look at leaves that are green (for now).

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