Autumn leaves

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I’m intrigued by autumn leaves – so many shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, and always changing. When I look closely at individual leaves they often strike me as true works of art. Here is a sampling from the backyard.

The bur oak leaves are our largest – some are over twelve inches long.

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) leaf
Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) leaf

This close-up reminds me of an aerial photograph.

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) leaf close-up
Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) leaf close-up

The blueberry (Vaccinium simulatum) leaves create a bright splash in the garden right now.

blueberry (Vaccinium simulatum) leaves
Blueberry (Vaccinium simulatum) leaves

This mitten-shape-leaf on the young sassafras is one of many variations on the same tree.

sassafras (Sassafras albidum) leaf
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) leaf

I like the jewel tones of these small fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) leaves.

Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) leaves
Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) leaves

Photography note: These images were made with my small point-and-shoot Canon Power Shot SD1200 – macro setting without a tripod. I like to see the light coming through the leaves and used a 60 watt bulb to backlight all the images except the bur oak leaf (first image).

3 thoughts on “Autumn leaves”

  1. So beautiful! – not only the different extravagant offerings with which nature delights us but also the gorgeous works of art that have resulted from your
    photography, design and enhancement skills. I am
    impressed and blessed by both.

  2. Hello Betty,
    Have not looked at your blog for a while…
    Delighted to see the beautiful autumn color and the different leaf photos! Fall is my favorite season!
    Let’s hope for lots of butterflies this coming summer!!!
    OH, today at Lowes I saw the most unusual thing….it’s a mason type jar with a “butterfly” in it. You tap on the lid and make the butterfly fly….you gotta’ go see this. It’s at the back of the wall past the bird feeders, etc.

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