photo of beech leaves close up, with more beech leaves blurred in background.
My small joys

Spring Joys

Yesterday, while walking in the woods, I noticed new hornbeam leaves for the first time. Beautiful golden green, translucent, fragile. The lindens and maples have put on their leaves, too. The world is beginning to turn green.

I think beech trees have the most beautiful spring leaves. Their young leaves are a stunning color, my favorite shade. I always thought Tolkien wrote Lothlórien based on a beech grove in spring – the white trunks of the beeches and the golden leaves…

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