Saturday, June 20, 2009

Composition of light

I love the way light looks through these leaves.

Don’t know what kind of tree this is, but there are several throughout the neighborhood. The leaves remain red to burgundy all summer and fall. I wonder how that affects photosynthesis for those trees?

“Photosynthesis” comes from German, photosynthese: “photo” = light and “synthese" = synthesis. “Photo” is originally Greek for “light.” “Synthesis” in Latin means “collection”, and in Greek, “composition.” Which results in “light composition” or “light collection.”

Think of the chemical reactions taking place in the cells of the leaves on a tree as they process the energy from sunlight. If we could see it happening, it would truly be a “collection of light.”

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Words are the leaves of the tree of language, of which, if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.
~ French proverb

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