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jjeling
12-13-2009, 12:40 AM
One of the swamp areas in the Oak Openings region after the water has frozen over the fallen leaves. It is one of those things we often overlook when realizing the importance of the seasons. While these leaves remain under the ice, they will slowly decay and form some the best soil known to man. In "educated" society, we often remove them from our yards, doing ourselves a huge disservice. Here, the leaves will be used to their full potential, and feed the same trees they fell from. If anyone needs any ideas about sustainability, look at the forests around you. The trees survive for hundreds of years by essentially feeding themselves. As the leaves fall, they are broken down and the nutrients from them, are then used by the its respective tree, to continue flourishing for decades to come. Seems like a great idea to me.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2804/4172792265_be69e8460a_b.jpg

Mad Aussie
12-13-2009, 01:46 AM
Nice thoughts to go along with your photos JJ.

Bambi
12-13-2009, 08:51 AM
I agree with you completely on this. Leaf compost is the best that there is.
don't get me started on 'weeds' and grass clippings

Michaelaw
12-13-2009, 09:46 AM
Tree nutrition is not what's important in our world view, first it must look neat, organized and well manicured. One dab of yellow in a lawn of green and out the poisons come. Apparently trees don't need the leaves for food, bag them up and off to the landfill with them! We have chemical fertilizers to make the trees strong and healthy....Don't get me started:wall-an:

jjeling
12-13-2009, 07:13 PM
I was just thinking about this. If leaves feed themselves through their own leaves, how might we do this? Maybe if we saved all of our dandruff, old fingernails, and well.......... anything else you could imagine, mush it all up into one fruitopia, gather the nutrients, we might be on the right track.

When you think about how well that might taste, just think, the trees have been doing it since the beginning of time.

Bambi
12-13-2009, 08:24 PM
I was just thinking about this. If leaves feed themselves through their own leaves, how might we do this? Maybe if we saved all of our dandruff, old fingernails, and well.......... anything else you could imagine, mush it all up into one fruitopia, gather the nutrients, we might be on the right track.

When you think about how well that might taste, just think, the trees have been doing it since the beginning of time.

:yuck::yuck::yuck::yuck:

crystalb
12-13-2009, 08:53 PM
I looove this pic. Great capture.

Mad Aussie
12-14-2009, 02:05 AM
So it OK to eat our own fingernails and snot then JJ??

jjeling
12-14-2009, 02:10 AM
Well, I guess that would justify eating at McDonalds then wouldnt it.

Mad Aussie
12-14-2009, 02:42 AM
Trying to remember the last time I ate there ... and I can't.

Fortytwo
12-14-2009, 02:54 AM
I was just thinking about this. If leaves feed themselves through their own leaves, how might we do this? Maybe if we saved all of our dandruff, old fingernails, and well.......... anything else you could imagine, mush it all up into one fruitopia, gather the nutrients, we might be on the right track.

When you think about how well that might taste, just think, the trees have been doing it since the beginning of time.

Last time I checked, I'm not a tree...

But nice shot. Really lovely... :)

Mad Aussie
12-14-2009, 03:06 AM
Last time I checked, I'm not a tree...
I was thinking that myself ... but I do get a 'woody' now and then :) And I've been known to 'bark' at people ... and do I mention 'root' as well?? Perhaps I'll just 'leave' it alone for now :headslap: