November 07, 2010

Decay

We've had rain and sunshine this week, wet followed by warm: the ideal conditions for the things of summer to start to rot. And that's what autumn is all about, really: mould, fungus and decay, the process not by which things die, but by which next year's life is born. 
Everywhere, fungus, mould and bacteria are breaking down the leaves and the dead plants and turning them into soil again; meanwhile worms pull the leaf litter down into the earth, aerating and fertilising it. Every corner teems with rot, algae blooms on the fences and moss slowly colonises the damp and secret recesses of the city.