This is a Japanese Ornamental Cherry tree. It is beautiful and there are many of them around the area I live. They do not, however, bear fruit. Hence, the ornamental status.
Here’s the thing: does beauty have to produce anything in order to be useful? If something is beautiful, does it have to be productive, or should we just bask in its beauty?
If it’s a tree, most people, I think, would argue that its beauty is what it produces. But what about other beautiful things? What about beautiful people? Do they have to produce anything? From my experience, the most beautiful people are those who don’t know they are. The humility they show makes them that much more beautiful. On the other hand, I am nearly repulsed by people who know, or think, they’re beautiful and think the world owes them because of genetics and luck.
What do you think?
I was in Manning Park last night for a Pro-D retreat for my school’s staff. It’s only an hour and a half away from where I live, but this was the scene to which I awoke this morning. I got up around 6:00 and waited, patiently, for the sun to crest the nearby mountain. I proceeded from one vantage point to another, until I spied this little path through which the rising sun was peeking. The line of sight was such that I kept thinking that if I walked towards the sunlight I might pop out in Narnia.
Yesterday as I was driving home, I took a detour through one of the farm roads near where I live. We had an uncharacteristic hour or two of sun yesterday and the light was jumping off a grove of willow trees growing out along the boundary between one farm and another. My camera, however, was at home, so I got off not one shot.
Today, hoping that providence would shine on me (and the trees) I hefted my camera into the passenger seat on the way home. The sun did not disappoint. While the surrounding areas were darkened by the clouds you can see above, those willows shone. I love willow trees as long as they’re not in my yard and I don’t have to trim them or rake up after them. In spring, they are wonderful and yellowy-green as they come back to life. Apparently the sun and I share an appreciation of them.
Not much to say. Just thought this was a nice photo. Considerably more planned than yesterday’s post.
Also, it’s raining today, so this is a “thank you” to the meteorological gods. Thanks, for giving me one nice day on the weekend.