“Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”
This week Sara has challenged us to illustrate “layers”, while Ailsa has asked us to represent “short”. Having now settled back into life here in coastal South Carolina, I’ve chosen our lovely autumn sweetgrass to address both challenges. Building layer upon layer, its delicate stems meld together to form a lush, if short-lived, burst of bushy color.
“She would want to recall him in the air, between layers of cloud.”
Sweetgrass, or Muhlenbergia filipes by its formal name, is a dainty, willowy plant that arrives in mid-to-late September and lasts into early November. While our northern friends enjoy the lush reds, golds and browns of fall, here in South Carolina we take pleasure in the arrival of the purple and pink sweetgrass as it bends and curves in the breeze. Occasionally we too get a short burst of fall color, against which the sweetgrass is especially vivid.
“Wake and dream, blinking, while layers within layers, none better, none worse, unravel and knit up before us.”
Sweetgrass is difficult to photograph because the slightest breeze will move it quite dramatically – so a creative photographer might choose something a bit more abstract to show its beauty 🙂
“Layer by layer, art strips life bare.”
Best of all, the fall color here on Kiawah does NOT mean snow and ice are on the way! Our beautiful, sunny autumn days will lead us to winter weather which, while chilly and often brisk, is still milder than most, and is thankfully blessedly short.
“Layer by layer, forgiving others, you get to the point where you can forgive yourself.”