18 thoughts on “wordless wednesday

  1. Breathtaking Carin! Honestly, the wonderful things that go on in that creative mind of yours warm my heart! I think I’ll print this out so I can stare at it – those crisp fall colours against the weather aged boards, and in perfect symmetry – spectacular!

    1. Thank you, Allison. I must give credit to a photo I saw in National Geographic though. Same colour palette but placed in a line. And NOT against weathered board. I prefer my version. (;

  2. A Mandala of the Seasons — perfect! I love pondering YOUR pondering as you selected the leaves and then arranged them so dramatically against the backdrop of the beautifully aged floor of, I suspect, your deck. It all says so much. Also at first quick glimpse the leaves made me think of feathers and a ceremonial head-dress, which gave the picture an extra symbolic (speaking of symbols) oomph!

    1. Yes, very feather-like these sumach leaves. And the blossoms make a good tea. I wonder if the leaves have any special significance in aboriginal culture…

  3. If only … I could have sat and watched you build this creative and precise circle. I can’t imagine how long it took for you to patiently arrange the degrees of colour shift in these leaves in such a perfect gradient of eye-pleasing hues. SO COOL!

    1. Well I have to admit, the inspiration was a picture of something similar in an old issue of National Geographic… only the leaves were laid in a line. But, yes, I can claim the circle as mine! (;

  4. As others have commented, I enjoyed the thought of you carefully arranging this wheel of colour. Your question about whether the leaves have special significance in aboriginal culture made me want to look it up so I did and found out (from Wikipedia) that “Native Americans… use the leaves and drupes of the smooth and staghorn sumacs combined with tobacco in traditional smoking mixtures” and also make a sour drink with it, sometimes known as Indian lemonade. This made me wonder which Native Americans, which reminded me of a dinner party I was at last winter in Labrador where an Innu woman commented that she had never eaten squash before, was told by a non-Innu diner that squash came from aboriginal people, and responded vehemently “Not from our side!”

    I also found out that the word sumac is of Syrian origin, means red and (actually I already knew this) is a popular spice in many Middle Eastern cuisines. And then I found a blog post that you might like about how to gather and use it: http://firstways.com/2011/08/23/how-and-why-to-eat-sumac/ The comments are interesting too, and one or two are about southern Ontario specifically.

    1. Oh, how wonderful, that comment!! “Not from our side!” Well, if that isn’t the best Thanksgiving story. Thank you, Elizabeth (researcher extraordinaire!)… I have yet to check the spice link, but will, and look forward to working it into weekend culinary doings… (((:

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