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Ancient parchment?

Although it might  resemble a fragment of velum from a discovered ancient document it is actually a section of a fallen autumn leaf!  I was intrigued by the pattern of the markings, the colours and the textures.

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The arrival of Autumn

Using a touch of watercolour filter

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Autumn stroll beside the sea

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October 13, 2015 · 8:00 am

November miscellany

Cotinus 3 November copy

 

 

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Coral Bark Maple in November

 

 

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Autumn gains pace

The preliminaries of Autumn are now over.  The clocks have changed, resulting in a closing in of the end of the day, the stronger winds have removed most of the leaves from the trees and now just a  few colourful stragglers remain.

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Today in the garden

In the flower border the last surviving hydrangea flower head blooms defiantly as its leaves acknowledge the rapid approach of mid-autumn.

Hydrangea

A few feet away, in the fish pond, a solitary leaf drifts in limbo just beneath the surface, uncertain where to go, whether to sink or whether to float.

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Autumn leaves (2)

The previous post, (see Autumn leaves), captured something of the colour palette of Autumn.  But the individual leaves deserve closer attention for their patterns and textures, as the following examples show:

 

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Autumn leaves

Recent strong gusts of wind have accelerated the fall of leaves.  The pattern below has been created from images of fallen leaves photographed in the garden this morning.

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Sunlight and shadows

As autumn encroaches the foliage on the cotinus becomes less dense and allows the sunlight to filter through, casting shadow patterns on the leaves beneath.  Textures and colours become prominent.  Fleetingly, illuminated abstract patterns emerge, contrasting with the shadowy surroundings.

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Autumn watercolours

These three pictures are the result of my experimentation with the watercolour filter which, I felt, was appropriate to the subject matter.  I am not displeased with the final images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abstract 136 take 2

It occurred to me that the artist Damien Hirst might have presented the autumn colours information somewhat differently, perhaps like this:

Oh! If only my pattern could sell for a Damien Hirst price!!!

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Abstract 136 ‘Autumn Squares’

One of the most attractive features of autumn is the range of colours produced by nature.  But I’m not sure we always appreciate the full extent of that range.

To create the pattern below I used the eyedropper tool to extract the colours from just two or three of my autumn images. No two colours are exactly alike  –  there are subtle differences  –  and the selection was by no means exhaustive.   It was not the purpose here to indicate or suggest any quantitative balance.  Maybe I will attempt that on some other occasion  –  or maybe not!!!   For now let’s just enjoy the colourful pattern.

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More from yesterday in the garden

When we think of Golden Rod the mind immediately recalls the long wands of golden flowers that grace the summer months.  But it remains attractive at this time in rather different way.  The fading leaves provide a range of autumn shades and the seed heads have their own appeal.

This fungus appeared overnight at the base of a sawn down tree.  I’ve no idea what sort it is.  Perhaps someone can help?

As the leaves on the Cotinus change they often develop this strange  –  but colourful and attractive  – skeletal pattern.  Somehow it seems appropriate following Halloween!

At the end of the day we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

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Today in the garden

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Change is in the air

The photos below were taken during a stroll along the bridle way on Sunday morning, the last day of September.  There are clear indications of the transition from late summer into autumn.

 

Angle Shades Moth

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Lilac leaves pattern

Lilac leaves pattern

See also Shades of Autumn, Forsythia leaves in autumn, Spectre of Autumn, Autumn silhouette, Cotinus in Autumn, Abstract 110 ‘Crazy’

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Spectre of Autumn

Spectre of Autumn

See also Shades of Autumn, Forsythia leaves in Autumn, Autumn silhouette, Lilac leaves pattern, Cotinus in Autumn

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Autumn silhouette

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Shades of Autumn

Shades of Autumn

See also Forsythia leaves in Autumn, Wild flower meadow, Buttercup meadow, Autumn silhouette, Lilac leaves pattern, Cotinus in Autumn

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