Week 10: Golden Mean

In philosophy, the golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. To the Greeks the golden mean was an attribute of beauty. The Greeks believed there to be three ingredients to beauty: symmetry, proportion and harmony. I looked it up. The symmetry of a feather-type palm frond, with its leaflets radiating from the rachis (looked that up, too), struck me as I pondered its golden tones, in a dying state going from green to eventually dried brown. Each frond, or leaf, having emerged in its own time, is in its own stage of color, and the colors are in perfect harmony and pleasing to the eye. I made these observations yesterday while floating in my pool in a Zen-like state observing the pygmy date palm in need of a good pruning.
Golden Mean

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5 thoughts on “Week 10: Golden Mean

  1. Liz, Another beautiful photo. I have looked at many a yellowing date plam leaves, but none of mine ever looked like that. I am going to have to be more aware of my surroundings. Again, Great photo, and color.

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