autumn leaves / 紅葉:ナラとブナ

November 4, 2011


11 October 1979, Germany
‘Fruits of the Forest’ Oak and Beech

I am enjoying the autumn leaves here in London.  Not just the colours but the sound of them.  One morning I was walking towards the station and heard a strange series of sounds – it was acorns falling, hitting the pavement, rolling down the hill and finally hitting a wooden fence.

This set of stamps shows typical European trees – and reminds me of the sound and smell of a damp forest.

今年の秋は例年に比べても秋が美しい気がします。木々の色だけでなく、音も楽しい。ある朝、駅まで歩く道のりに不思議な連続音を聞いて立ち止まると、それはどんぐりが木から落ちて舗道を打ち、そのまま坂道を転がって民家の板塀を打つ音でした。

この2枚の切手はナラブナの葉と実のようすを描いて、しめった森の匂いと枯れ葉の上を歩く音を思い出させてくれます。

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