Nothing nurtures faith like seeing the beauty in a wilting drought sapped leaf.
Do you walk out into nature and look? Look at the different plants and the variety of leaf shapes. In the summer of 2022 we had a hot, dry moment where I was wilting. So too were the leaves on this David Austin rose. As I looked, I saw textures which reminded me of leather-bound old maps with their cracked surface both distressed and wrinkled. I hope the images engage you to investigate the detail of the lines, shapes, colours and patterns.
As you look you’ll see the intricate design of our earth. A leaf created to be not only for our engagement and pleasure but a food source, a home for insects, a building material for birds and a gift for children to crunch in the autumn. With seasonal changes from a bud to a vibrant spring green leaf to an autumnal red, orange, yellow or brown, the leaf although so simple is an amazing part of creation.