I remember reading an essay in a college literature class that was written by a poet who was concerned that the so called “new” science would take the mystery out of the universe by coldly explaining everything in scientific detail. Today, when I was looking at these yellow leaves, I wondered for a moment why some leaves are red in the fall and others, like these, are yellow.
I imagined that science could give me an answer and I almost did a Google search. But then I realized that I am better off just wondering what the answer is because for me wonder lies in the mysterious realm between ignorance and truth. Though I do respect science and embrace its truths, I am also occasionally comfortable with my imaginings.
So if you know the scientific reason for different fall colors, good for you. But don’t tell me – at least today. I am quite content to wonder. . . .