Decaying away

Autumn is so rapidly replaced by winter and the leaves almost perceptibly rot away into nothingness. But decay itself has a beauty. Walking familiar paths weeks after the leaves fell to earth there are images to be found. Leaves create their own compositions in a deathly embrace.

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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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14 Responses to Decaying away

  1. shoreacres says:

    So many colors and textures. I especially like the way the primary leaves seem to divide the image between more decaying leaves on the right, and the bare surface on the left. The one curled leaf edge is a perfect grace note. It’s really an appealing photo.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Linda. A narrow palette but sill a wide range of colour and tone as you say. I spent quite a lot of time last autumn staring at the ground and this ‘patch’ instantly caught my attention – entirely nature’s composition, nothing added and nothing taken away.

  2. Lovely photograph, and your last sentence is a poem.

  3. bluebrightly says:

    This is what I’ve been looking at lately, and photographing, to an extent. I really like not only your photograph, which is beautiful and calm, but your writing, too. The leaf veins seem painted or drawn, such nice texture and light.

    • LensScaper says:

      Last Autumn was the first year when I really concentrated on the leaf litter as opposed to just noticing it, and there is so much beauty to be found if you spend the time studying the ground and searching for an arrangement of leaves. Patience is rewarded!

  4. Heide says:

    Seen through an artist’s eyes, everything has beauty. You’ve certainly proved that here, Andy.

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