Walking through a wet Fred Meyer's parking lot today I spotted these long brown scaly leaves belonging to a Coastal Redwood. They are rather unique in shape and grow in Redwood canopies (the upper leaves of the Redwood).
We had a very windy day yesterday and these leaves were blown out of their trees to do their duty for nature.
Immediately, I thought what purpose can fallen leaves have in a parking lot. Leaves in all their shapes and colors certainly have a reason for falling to the ground. They serve as homes for insects and other small critters plus they add mulch and fertilize the soil -- plus more.
Why do we need so many parking lots all paved over with non-porous materials? Not only are we erecting more buildings but then we surround these buildings with huge parking lots.
From Joni Mitchell lyrics, "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot." I will now bow out and let Joni's words tell the story I am trying to tell. Here is her two minute song on Your Tube -----