cture of the Day
August 2, 2006
The apricot tree needs pruning.
There was too much fruit on it this year.
Individual apricots couldn't develop fully because...
there were too few resources spread out over too much need.
The fruits only half ripened before falling to the ground.
They won't really go to waste--it's a feast for flies, wasps, and ants...
not to mention the bazillions of microbes doing the rotten fruit boogie.
But it made me kind of sad, like any missed opportunity.
Makes me wonder about how I live most of the time...
out of touch with natural cycles...
the markets open 24 hrs. with shelves that are never empty.
There's no ebb and flow of product, just a seeming steady state of plenty.
Like gas at the pumps or oil in the ground. Or even water and electricity.
If there's no sense of scarcity, people use all they can, waste everything.
They say it's good for the economy.
A few weeks ago the branches were so heavy...
we had to prop them up with little ladders.
Now they drop their bounty and the ladders...
fall out from under them as the burden is relieved.
Next year I won't take the fruit for granted.
I'm going to prune that tree.
no more words