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The first sign of life once the seed tears open is a tiny white tendril like a tongue testing to see if the air and the ground are good.

Into the earth it goes until it is is certain it can be sustained. It begins to grow, pushing the arch of its stalk into the light. The final act of a new beginning is to pull two perfect new leaves from the cracked husk of its abandoned first home as it welcomes the new.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Day 393, New Beginnings' 2s f/32 ISO320 200mm

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