Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fig Leaves

My friend has a very prolific fig tree. The leaves are such a beautiful shape that they almost make up for the fact that critters are the first to grab most of the ripe figs. The fig is the third tree mentioned in the Bible. Fig leaves are permanently associated with Adam and Eve. In the early 1500s, church officials tried to reduce the nudity in artworks of the day. Fig leaves were added to already-completed statues and paintings. This fig leaf addition continued for centuries, which is why "adding a fig leaf" implies covering up something that everyone knows is there. One of the larger leaves here in my photo would be big enough to fashion a bathing suit bottom that would have been considered modest in 1960. I'd prefer for the leaves to just stay on the tree where they belong.