This morning I left just before 8:00 – it takes about a half-hour walk to reach this place. It rained yesterday and even snowed on the mountain tops; you could see your breath. I knew that the sun, recently risen from behind the hill, would illuminate the brown leaves of the young poplar. In a few days, they would already turn green. I like to see how a plant that also gives shade, manages at certain times to attract a lot of light. I like being a witness to this phenomenon: it makes me feel like a participant.