Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Can't see the trees for the forest
I suppose you've heard the old saying, "Can't see the forest for the trees" Well, I must admit, I never quite understood how you could do that. I mean to say, a forest is the trees, so how the heck can you possibly miss it? Made no sense to me at all...that is until I looked into the woods recently.
By the way, what is the difference between a wood, a forest and a copse of trees? Hmm, that we shall leave for another post...I do tend to digress, don't I. My apologies.
So, there I was traveling down the road when I chanced to see into the woods. With most of the leaves already down from the low brush which one usually sees in the forest, it was indeed much easier to see the trees which still had their leaves. So, in essence, I hadn't been able to see the trees for the forest. Go figure!
I saw quite clearly into the woods and what I saw were beech trees yellow and green among the reds and burgundies of the forest. They were the last trees with foliage. They are very much like the oak in that they keep their leaves almost until the new foliage emerges in spring. Bizarre trees, indeed, but lovely to actually be able to see them. They are mostly hidden away deep within the woods, you know.
So, now I know. You really can, at times, fail to see the trees for the forest....or is that the forest for the trees? You decide.