Today is the one year anniversary of Rainyleaf: All shades of green, a plant perspective. It’s my blogiversary! January 16 2011 was my first post. I began writing to find a way to create something. At the time I felt like life was squeezing me too hard and swallowing me up. I was wilting and dropping leaves. This blog gave me a space to breathe and a place for new growth after a cold, dark winter. I continue to enjoy Rainyleaf as I read and write about plants, and a few other things along the way (yes, I like elves). Rainyleaf is not about my personal garden, which is in an ignominious state, but plants everywhere. Last year I had just read Michael Pollan’s book, The Botany of Desire, and it’s influence is throughout this blog. Plants in charge? Plants manipulating humans? It’s a new way to look at the green world around us and I love his ideas. Now, with over 6,ooo views, I’m ready for the next year. I’m excited to include my brother’s plant pictures from New Zealand. I look forward to more research and investigation into interesting species. I can’t wait to find new places to visit and fabulous plants to photograph. At times I wonder what more could I possibly write about, but then I realize….they’re always out there…those plants. I’m surrounded! Photosynthesis is buzzing in my ears. With flowers blooming in every season and leaves continually growing and falling, this botanical business never stops. I won’t either, because I love it!