Fallen Leaves

We’ve reached the stage of Autumn when the leaves on the ground greatly exceed those left on the trees. They drop one by one randomly, they are blown by the wind, they drift onto the territory of neighbouring trees and they form patterns: shapes and colours.

_DS82142Have you ever thought how many leaves there are on a single tree? And then thought how many possible combinations of arrangements those leaves could create? Don’t! It’s likely to make your brain hurt. The answer is an astronomical number.

_DS82145Slightly disappointed by the quality of light and by the leaves on the trees the other day, I decided to concentrate on finding patterns on the ground. They are there – you just have to move slowly and be patient and the images will come to you. When I find a pleasing arrangement, I allow myself to remove those that sit on the periphery of the shot, but the central pattern that has caught my attention is left as nature created it. Simple random acts of artistic creation.


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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17 Responses to Fallen Leaves

  1. Lovely photos Andy. Like many people autumn is my favourite month. Not just for the beautiful colours – but also because there is something sad about autumn. But I do love it…and still get slightly excited in late summer when I notice the first leaves on the ground…

    • LensScaper says:

      I know exactly what you mean and I share those feelings, James. It’s seemed a very strange autumn this year. The very mild October, displaced by a cold start to November and suddenly the leaves are gone and it feels in a strange way that I’ve missed the Autumn glow. And I’m now struggling to adjust to the idea of winter. The only good thing on the horizon is that I’ve booked the ski holiday!

  2. oneowner says:

    Now that I think of it, virtually all of the photos I took of foliage this year were on the ground. Im fortunate to be surrounded by colorful trees close by. I like the soft light on these and the variety of colors from different trees. It takes a sharp eye to spot these little arrangements.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. I think you and me have been thinking along similar lines – I remember your excellent grounded leaves of a couple of weeks back. Considering how many leaves fall, it is surprising how few good arrangements there actually are.

  3. suej says:

    Artistic creations of nature, indeed! I was thinking just the same yesterday!

  4. Nikki says:

    I love this post! I haven’t taken photos of leaves on the ground since I covered my kids when they were little. Your post has given me a reminder to try for that this fall!

  5. shoreacres says:

    So much in today’s world is over-produced, from stage shows to meals in fine restaurants. But more often than not, what is, is good enough. It certainly is here.

  6. poppytump says:

    Maybe because we’ve not had a hard frost but there is a distinct lack of pazzzaz with some of the tree leaf falls I’ve seen here so far this Autumn Andy . These were a real find . The purply pink one is trumps for me 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Poppy. There was a nice mix of trees including the purply-red leafed one. Always helps to find that mixture when you are looking for interesting combinations

  7. Chillbrook says:

    I love the second image particularly Andy. I just wish we could have some nice bright frosty mornings rather than this relentless grey. Autumn has certainly not been as colourful as it should have been here in Cornwall at least.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Adrian. Yes, it has been a strange Autumn. I feel I’ve missed it as a ‘season’. It’s been bitty, disjointed and I agree with you – there haven’t been those crisp frosts and moody mists

  8. Len says:

    I missed a good portion of the foliage in CT this year as I was in Florida. Just got back and all I have left are leaves similar to these.

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