Autumn’s & Evergreens

japan 08 - kyoto

A strange thought came across my mind…

Would you rather be the vibrant autumn leaves, or the quiet evergreens?

The maples are vibrant,  widely captured in photographs, and celebrated for its colors. And yet, its beauty lies in its transient nature. That short little moment… before it fades away.

Meanwhile, the quiet pines stood strong, and yet goes mostly unnoticed. It stays awake in greens for a long time… but perhaps felt a little lonely.

I found myself drifting, hoping to be like the pines for one moment, and yet wandering what it’s like to be the maples.

What would you rather be?


//Photo taken at Kyoto, Japan.

11 thoughts on “Autumn’s & Evergreens”

    1. Yes, you’re right, the world is better with both. It’s a bit strange to think that sometimes certain things are preferable simply because of comparison. Maple is arguably “better” because it’s vibrant in comparison to evergreens, and the pine is arguably “better” because its strength in comparison to maple’s leaves.

      1. Indeed. I once watched a lecture on the ‘Science of Happiness’ – apparently comparison is one of the key contributors to unhappiness. We could be the most content evergreen on the planet, but a glance over at the beauty of a nearby maple will make us question our happiness. How unusual we humans are!

      2. Haha yeah it’s funny when we think about it that way. Comparison and being “different” makes us unhappy, and yet it’s is the fact that we are different, is what makes us valuable.

  1. Lovely reflection and beautiful photo. Maples are beautiful, but only with their deaths can new life begin. Evergreens, on the other hand, remain constant. This gives an odd sense of hope in an ever-shifting world.

    1. Thankyou. I love the way you describe them: new beginnings through deaths and the much needed constant.

      These plants and nature around us are often pretty to look at. But when we look at them in the closer details… it brings about quite a number of reflections, doesn’t it 🙂

  2. Perhaps a little bit of both–to keep the world in balance. It’d be nice to be the maple once in a while. To be admired by many; to be vibrant. And it’s also nice to lay back as the evergreens. Giving the others the chance to have their moment. ☺

    1. Wow, I love the way you describe levergreens: as layback, giving the others the chance to have their moment. I’ve never really thought about it that way before. What a lovely and thoughtful picture. 🙂

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