Friday Photo Break, vol. 12

When I was a kid, I never cared for autumn. I didn’t like the colors or the weather, didn’t like the onset of winter. I still can’t say I like the onset of winter, but my feelings about the colors that come with fall have changed.
Naturally, this Japanese maple presented an interesting juxtaposition between two opposing seasons. The colors are distinctively autumnal, vivid reds and oranges. But this photograph was snapped in April, when the trees were blooming in the first warm days of spring. It creates an odd contrast, the flowers inspiring thoughts of fresh air and new life, the colors of the leaves suggesting cool winds and an impending end.
The contrast between the two has always made this one of my favorite photos.

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