Friday, November 13, 2009

Time to Leave

At long last, creative juices and opportunity have merged supplying me with some photographs and enabling me to join Rebecca for her Foto Friday challenge. This first photo is of the small oak tree in our yard that reminds me of living death each late fall and winter. It wears its dead leaves all winter until the new buds push them off the limbs in the spring.

Our maple tree only had four leaves clinging to it. As I was focusing my lens on one uncooperative leaf, it had the audacity to let loose and drift out of the frame before I could even snap the shot. THIS ONE was a little more cooperative.

Some of you have already seen pictures of the leaves of this tree on a recent post, but I went out again this morning to take fresh shots. The folage on this tree seems to set it ablaze and persistently cling to the limbs long after other leaves have abandoned their trees.

I must be honest and admit that this pic was staged, but I liked the stark contrast. I am truly excited about the photographs in this post because none were retouched or cropped -- something that is very, very, very (Did I say VERY???) rare for me. While the pics are far from top-quality, still they are very good for ME. I usually have to do a lot of fudging to make them look half-wise decent.

And now we come to that last variety of leaves that is so dear to my heart. . .

The LEAVES of a good book.

Thanks to Rebecca for hosting FOTO FRIDAY. Visit her and check out all the other great photos there.


Rebecca said...

YAY Nanci! I am so proud of you!

These are fabulous and with no tweeks?! You OUGHT to be proud. I RARELY post a photo with no tweeks myself!

I have to say: I have always thought you are a great storyteller. "The audacity of that leaf" made me laugh and laugh!

Full of Grace said...

Good to see you :)
Great Job on your pics! They are all wonderful! I really liked the maple leaf one (and the story behind it too!) :)

Jemit said...

I'd like to "leave" a comment here.. Beautiful job.. I loved the scarlet red leaf on the brown ones the best.. great post!

Paula said...

JUST BEAUTIFUL!! And I LOVE to "leaves" of the book!! WONDERFUL!

Devildogwife said...

I like the staged photo with the contrast of the red and browns - beautiful. I too love the leaves of a good book. ;)

Tracy said...

I love the red among the brown in the second to last photo. Beautiful!

...they call me mommy... said...

Great photos...the red one is gorgeous!! I stage photographs ALL THE TIME! *glances around to make sure no one is listening* HEEHEE!
No worries there! :)


Bonnie said...

OOH! I like the red leaf on the bed of brown leaves!

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