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.
Using a touch of watercolour filter
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.
In the flower border the last surviving hydrangea flower head blooms defiantly as its leaves acknowledge the rapid approach of mid-autumn.
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.
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:
Click on an image for more detail
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.
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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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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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