a single compound leaf, decaying on the ground, its family of leaflets still attached

Lifelong Companions

A single compound leaf, lying on the ground, its life now over, yet its family of leaflets remain attached.

Each individual is different–long and short, whole and marred.  Yet each one is also essentially the same–clearly of the same kind of tree, belonging together.

Thus we see the simultaneous diversity within the context of essential uniformity that is necessary for genuine communities.

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What the camera saw:
lifelong companions, as shot

I happened upon them one day on a walk through the woods, and they caught my eye.