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dancing leaves

The oak leaves are starting to fall. If there's even a little breeze, they travel, and they do it by spinning round, like maple-seed helicopters, or by becoming tiny sails and moving straight forward, and sometimes by sashaying side-to-side, like a person enjoying the feel of their hips. They're hard to catch, dipping away just when you think you might grab one: "uh-uh-ohh, no-no!" they seem to say.

There was a family out raking their lawn together: a mother, father, grandmother, and little toddler. The mother clapped a falling oak leaf in her hands and I clapped for her success and gave her the thumbs up, and she smiled and waved.

wakanomori caught a red-oak leaf and asked me to carry it home with me (he was going on a longer run than I was), and on my way back, I caught a white-oak leaf. The various species of red oaks have pointy leaves; the white oaks have rounded ones. Friendship between red and white! (In Japan, those are the two sides that are always fighting each other.)


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mrissa
Nov. 11th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
In Finland and Russia at the turn of the 20th also.
asakiyume
Nov. 11th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
Ha! Good point! And in the War of the Roses, too.
heliopausa
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:53 am (UTC)
And the two chess sets in Through the Looking Glass are the red and the white, as well. :)
cmcmck
Nov. 11th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
Since you mention oak leaves........

http://cmcmck.livejournal.com/433596.html
asakiyume
Nov. 11th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Ahhh--so lovely!
cmcmck
Nov. 11th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
The perfect time of year for it too!
yamamanama
Nov. 11th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
I still see green on maples here, but the oak leaves are turning brown.
asakiyume
Nov. 11th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
The Norway maples seem to hang onto their leaves longest.
khiemtran
Nov. 11th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
Around here at the moment, it's the purple and the red - purple from the jacarandas and red from the Illawarra flame trees.
asakiyume
Nov. 11th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, those must be so, so beautiful. What visual riches.
mnfaure
Nov. 11th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Ah ha; I did not know that about the pointed vs rounded to tell reds from whites!
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
The acorns from red oaks have a *sharper* taste, too!
snaky_poet
Nov. 11th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Fascinating to read of such different landscape from my own. :)
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
That's one of the many excellent things about being online--I feel the same way.
coldhighmountainwind.wordpress.com
Nov. 11th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
acorns
We have an over abundance of red oak acorns this year. They are like ball bearings underfoot on our walking paths.
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: acorns
Yes, this really has been an excellent year for acorns!
queenoftheskies
Nov. 12th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
We have a surprising number of red leaves this year. Most years, the leaves just turn brown.
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
I wonder what makes some years better than others? It's got to be something having to do with temperature, or amount of rainfall, or some combination of things like that, but I don't know precisely what it is.
sartorias
Nov. 12th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
Oh, I love your description--I not only see the leaves, but the person dancing!
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
They have as many different moves as a dancer, for sure.
cucumberseed
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
That seems rather a good omen, I think. I hope circumstance bears out my prediction.
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
I hope so, too.
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