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Leaves of Gold

A week ago today, just after we returned home from Amsterdam, we had grandson Nicholas (6-1/2) over for an overnight.  Because the weather was nice, we made our prerequisite visit to the woods by our house.  It's another world there!

Smack-dab in the middle of the woods is this tree that always mesmerizes me.  During the fall and winter months, it rustles these leaves of gold on branches that reach out horizontally at eye level.  I take pics of them every time I see them. 

Suddenly, it will be spring and all the new buds will push off these leaves.  It amazes me every year.  It's a holy ritual....



Leaves of Gold

A week ago today, just after we returned home from Amsterdam, we had grandson Nicholas (6-1/2) over for an overnight.  Because the weather was nice, we made our prerequisite visit to the woods by our house.  It's another world there!

Smack-dab in the middle of the woods is this tree that always mesmerizes me.  During the fall and winter months, it rustles these leaves of gold on branches that reach out horizontally at eye level.  I take pics of them every time I see them. 

Suddenly, it will be spring and all the new buds will push off these leaves.  It amazes me every year.  It's a holy ritual....



comments (22)

  • Robs
  • 18 Mar 2007, 04:01
You are an artist, this is a wonderful one, really!
There is one thing I don't understand... front leaves are in perfect focus, and there are a couple of other leaves on the left that are in focus too, but... there's a leaf between them that is out of focus! How did you do that? Was it intentional?
Very well done! smile
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Rob. I'm guessing the one leaf out of foucus was doing a rustle dance because the breeze was definitely playing around. I think I was probably lucky I got anything in focus!
  • Mia
  • 18 Mar 2007, 05:29
This is absolutely gorgeous Ginnie! I can almost hear the wind rustling through the leaves and see a few falling around smile Perhaps your first macro that I've seen and it's lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, thank you, Mia. Actually, this isn't a macro at all. I stood about 10 feet away and then zoomed in because I seem to get better DOF when I do that (or maybe that's just my imagination!). I do love this magic place in the woods!
Super sharp! That's a brilliant image. I love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Julia.
one of the best from you...really like the way youve managed to keep it sharp and still preserved them great tones...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sam. Your kind words mean a lot.
Nicely done Ginnie, I like these tones. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, Mr. Chris. smile
Very cool closeup, Ginnie! I like this one a lot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mr. Martin!
  • Paul
  • 18 Mar 2007, 12:45
beautiful colour and textures here
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Paul.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 18 Mar 2007, 13:11
This is stunning. You've done a fantastic job with your focus and dof. The subject itself is just mesmerizing. The way those leaves are hanging straight down, and the thorns. Wow.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, Ruth. Thank you. Do you know what tree this is??? Now I wished I had asked so that someone could have told me!
  • Ellie
  • 18 Mar 2007, 13:47
This is amazing Ginnie, a truly magnificent picture.

You've captured wonderful detail, the focus on the foremost leaf is pin sharp (to borrow somebody else's expression). The texture and colour is superb, the play of light too.

I love the way Beech keeps its old leaves until the spring, to protect the new growth. Looking out of my window our hedge is almost exactly like this, so why haven't I thought of taking its picture?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks you for your kindest words, Ellie! I just wish I had asked everybody ahead of time what tree this is. Do you know? The thorns have thrown me off. And it's the only one I remember seeing in our woods.
  • Deb
  • 18 Mar 2007, 14:16
Awesome photograph...I love the tones and the detail. Just wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Deb, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
Great depth of field and it's so nice to see those leaves dead but still hanging on for life. I also love the clarity of this macro. Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Jen. As I told Mia, this isn't a macro at all. I stood about 10 feet away and then zoomed in because I seem to get better DOF when I do that (or or is that just my imagination!). I know that you know more about these things than I do.
Ginnie, I agree with Jen. The clarity and depth of field is very good.
Evokes the emotions of the cycle of nature around us. Good shot!
Ginnie Hart: The cycle of nature--I like that, Kay. You're so right.
  • Larry
  • North Carolina
  • 18 Mar 2007, 18:04
Gold fall leaves mesmerize me, too. Composing such a shot is difficult, but you have done a fine job.
Ginnie Hart: You are so kind, Larry, to stop by and comment. Thanks a million!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Mar 2007, 18:42
Like tobacco leaves in a drying rack. Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I hadn't thought of that, Louis, but you are so right.
j'aime vraiment
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, O-P.
Hi Ginnie. This is really a very nice picture. I like it...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland.
I love this Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, PixelPixie, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
oh so great Ginnie ! I like this one a lot
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, thank you Frederic!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 19 Mar 2007, 09:28
No, I don't know what tree it is!
Ginnie Hart: Judy and I may go check it out this morning before we go to the Aquarium. Maybe she'll know. Thanks, though.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 19 Mar 2007, 21:37
A framed version of this would be a very nice gift, and reminiscent of Bennett. wink
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Ruth. That is very sweet! Thanks.
A real standout. I would absolutely frame this. Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Red Pen. Thanks.
This one is going NOW to my likeys : Thumbs up !!
Ginnie Hart: You've honored me, Zeb. Thanks!

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