Sadly the vibrant colours of Spring leaves don’t last long. Within a few weeks they become drab and tired, often diseased, and the victim of the weather. The broad palette of colours is replaced by a very ordinary homogenous green.
That’s a depressing generalisation that can so often be true if we walk around on a cloudy day, or even on a sunny day not thinking about where the sun is in the sky. I have to admit that my interest in the everyday landscape takes a nosedive in summer in the UK for this very reason. The colour is so often muted.
But if we make a conscious effort to walk towards the sun, then you will still find that the leaves light up. Those diseased leaves can shine anew with characterful blemishes of contrasting colour. And suddenly one’s spirits lift and all is well with the world for a brief period of time.