The Unfurling of Leaves

The Wisteria on our doorstep is being exceptionally cautious this Spring.  It has been on the cusp of flowering for several days now and yet seems reluctant to commit itself to full bloom. However, the little leaflets, soon to be leaves, are slowly unfurling and I have a grandstand view of this process. It’s a process that I have watched for the last 30 years, yet I am still intrigued and amazed to watch it happen on a daily basis.

In the field of Medicine we seem to know so much: in the field of genetics and embryology for example. But the evolution of Spring remains a process steeped in mystery and wondrous to behold.

_DS75636This little curl of leaves measured one inch across when I shot this image at the weekend. In two days it has doubled in size. The weather for the coming week is dull, intermittently wet and cool. Not ideal for a Wisteria. Will she or won’t she flower this week? You’ll see the pictures when she does.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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29 Responses to The Unfurling of Leaves

  1. Leanne Cole says:

    This is a beautiful image, it is so delicate, yet you can still see all the detail in the leaves. Our Wisteria is losing all its leaves right now.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Leanne. I was surprised how well I had captured the detail as it was a hand-held image. The Wisteria we have is one of the last trees/shrubs to shed its leaves in Autumn

  2. Mjollnir says:

    Exquisite image. 🙂

  3. Len says:

    Super details that pop on the screen against that great bokeh Andy.

  4. oneowner says:

    Wisteria is in full bloom here, finally. It’s a beautiful spring flower but your shot is just as nice.

  5. Marcie says:

    Such exquisite detail. Love how you can see every hair on the leaves.

  6. Jim Nix says:

    wow very nice Andy!

  7. John says:

    Lovely — all the soft color, and the beautiful detail. Well done.

  8. Love the crisp details. The leaves just pop off the screen.

  9. says:

    My wisteria has gone viral ! I will post about it soon but your unfurling photo is beautiful in it’s simplicity, although you and I both know what rages behind this stem : )

  10. seekraz says:

    I love the wisteria, Andy…will look forward to your images as this one wakens completely….

  11. Beautiful shot and very interesting subject, Andy. Good stuff!

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Jimi. It’s finally coming into flower – images next week to see this in all its glory providing it survives a bout of cold wet weather forecast for the weekend.

  12. I only know Wisteria from TV, but this leave certainly looks elegant.

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