You probably expected a photograph from my recent travels today. Alas, no – all in good time. Instead, I thought I’d share a photograph taken late Friday in UBC’s Asian Garden, where the early evening sun illuminated the cascade of still-growing leaves. I don’t often take images with human constructs in them (i.e., the bench), but it seems appropriate today as I return from vacation. Perhaps I was sitting in the bench and now I’m back to work? Or perhaps the empty bench is inviting you to stay and enjoy? Or…? Let’s leave it open to interpretation.
In the local urban landscape, I sometimes think katsura trees are overused. That sentiment changes once I smell the burnt sugar scent from the decaying leaves in late autumn – then there can’t be enough of them. The garden’s interpretative sign for Cercidiphyllum goes into more detail about the genus. You can also see photographs of this particular katsura tree taken from a different perspective in both late spring and winter in this thread on the garden’s forums.
Science resource link: Science Buzz from the Science Museum of Minnesota (and its weblog commenters!) won the 2006 Best Overall Museum Web Site at the Museums and the Web conference I attended in the middle of my vacation. Kudos to them and their commitment to science education!