Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Autumn Leftovers

oakleaf hydrangea leaves

Like many of you photographers out there,  I've studied the many ways to use  natural light.  I don't know about you , but when I get out there shooting, I sometimes forget all of  "the rules".  If I'm lucky I sometimes manage to find myself in a situation where I just can't miss. This is an example of "backlighting" a subject.  If you go to the Botanical Gardens late in the afternoon., this is what you might find, IF you're lucky .....and look around for it!

Yesterday I stopped by Julie's Sydney Eye blog.  She has a writer's gift that puts me to shame. Her account of the deadly bushfires there and a link to a personal account brought tears to my eyes.  KB at Altadena Hiker got busy and got in touch with Julie.  Help is needed.  Please go to the Red Cross site if you would like to make a donation.  As I told KB, we feel each other's pain here because we are after all,  a community.

The Tune du Jour is "Wedding Day" by Michael Dulin.
( Now you will have to go to Deezer to hear it , sorry)
http://www.deezer.com/track/2221740

18 comments:

Kim said...

Beautiful image, Virginia, and beautiful post.
We were just passing a number of red oak trees today and my daughter asked why they hold on to their leaves so long after they've gone brown. It's an odd tree that will drop its leaves at the end of winter instead of fall.
Thanks for the RC link.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Olivier said...

superbe couleur sur cette feuille.

Laurie said...

Beautiful, V.

Julie said...

Thank you for the link, Virginia - especially the link to the Red Cross donation site. Australians have already donated just over $30million and there are only 20 million of us!

It is a mind-numbing loss that is difficult to come to terms with: the loss of people; of wildlife; of habitat; and of old-wood forests. On top of that, the bush and mountain life-style attracted many in our society who were among the best: free-thinking, community-minded; and, of the land. As you may realise, this combination of traits meant that many of them did not have much of a buffer between them and hardship at the best of times.

And these are the worst of times ...

Bibi said...

These are some of my best-loved colors. Don't these look like leather leaves?!

Journey2thepast said...

Beautiful colors!

Web-OJ said...

I haven't seen leaves like that in my life. Well, I'm glad I got to see it here.

Rambling Round said...

Gorgeous!

PJ said...

I love the enlargement. We don't have a botanical garden...I just walk around the neighborhood!

Bob Crowe said...

Greetings from beautiful O'Hare International Airport. How did that leaf hang around? Did you glue one from a hobby store back on a tree? Very vivid for February.

I'll have to look at Julie's blog when I get a chance. We're hearing about the fires every every day on the news.

Up in the air soon. More whan possible...

Babooshka said...

Autimn is my favourite season to photograph for the diversity and richness of the hues. As you know I am one of those who favour natural anything when it comes to photography. Remember the first rule of photography - there are no rules in photography. If it makes you happy keep it, if not dump it. It makes me happy, beautifully lit, vibrant and evocative. As for Australia I do hope that the UK Government acts quickly and gets aid out there and not have a focus group meeting. Act now.

Marie-Noyale said...

If only all the leftovers were, and looked so good!!!

Carrie Hayes said...

Beautiful image as always, I also love the header photo today! Have a great day

altadenahiker said...

You're an Alabama peach, you are. A lovely post and sentiment.

JM said...

Beautiful autumn tones! It is never to much showing them.

I will check Julie's blog now, these australian fires are really letting me down.

alice said...

No, I don't agree with you, Virginia: you have not just studied many ways to use natural light, you've found many ways to use it.

angela said...

Lovely.
Thanks for those links..

Thérèse said...

Very nice juxtaposition!