Thursday, November 4, 2010

Leaves of My Senses

Autumn is the time for rich, beautiful colours and though this season is winding down, I still have photos I'd like to show you which were taken over the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy my leaf collection.


At this time, there were probably as many leaves on the ground as remained in the trees. Still, they're quite lovely no matter where you find them. Let's take a closer look at some of these seasonal beauties.



A maple leaf (so Canadian) caught within the greenery of another tree. The sunlight pours through from behind creating shadows, light and so much colour.



This little leaf was trapped on the dock beneath a small twig. It was the only thing that kept it from blowing away on this windy day - kindly allowing me to snap a photo.




A brilliant oak leaf, up close and personal.




I liked the way the sun lit this small branch of multi-coloured leaves.




This golden oak leaf was floating in a stream of water caused by the emptying of a neighbours pool. Their house backs onto the park, and the water was running along the pathway. I liked the diagonal line and the contrast between the rough and the wet pavement, the gold and the black, the wet and the dry and the light and the dark.

Thanks for joining me in taking leaf of my senses. More in a few days.

76 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...love the colors in that oak leaf...also something about that last one as well that appeals to me...

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful. I especially love the Maple leaves; their shape and color!

Pauline said...

You have such a keen eye when it comes to light and shadow, color and shape. Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie said...

just lovely - especially like the last oak leaf. love the title and i never think you have taken leave of your senses!

DJan said...

I always think of you when I see a possible light and shadow photo opportunity. You are the master of it, such a great eye. I especially love the last picture.

Leah J. Utas said...

Brilliant. I love the oak and maple. That line of small leaves looks like teeth.

Suldog said...

I love autumn, period, and almost any photos of the season make my heart swell, but yours... As always, magnificent!

Lori said...

Oh what spectacular photo's of fall...you captured them well...makes me miss the beautiful colors here...right now everything is brown and bare and lying in wait to be covered in white.

Happy Thursday Hilary. XX

ellen abbott said...

wonderful pics. You have such an incredible eye for color and composition.

Mental P Mama said...

Just beautiful...

TechnoBabe said...

The picture of the leaves hanging in a row on the branch looks like a line of clothes on the clothesline or flags at the used car lot.

Cricket said...

Ah. Lovely colors and soothing photos. And I could use some soothing. Rain today. And the only colors I'm seeing this morning are my Mac's "rainbow wheel of futility" and RED!

Your oaks are very nice. Mine always turn brown, a nice enough shade, but still. It's the maples around here that really shine.

No soundtracks today. All I hear is "mood music," Problems by the Sex Pistols. Maybe next time ;-)

Dawn said...

That banner of leaves is inspirational!
What a cute thing that would be to hang around your Thanksgiving Table:))

Daryl said...

Dont leaf us!

messymimi said...

Love your leaf collection. Around here, they usually just turn brown, so looking at the coloured leaves from other places fascinates me.

Bossy Betty said...

Do you know how many times people have told me I should just leaf them alone? Now I understand why! So pretty! I never get tired of looking at leaves.

Sandi McBride said...

When the flowers are just peeking thru the last chill of winter I love Spring the best, then the Sunflowers start rearing their heads and suddenly Summer is by far the best but now I find myself walking the dog thru the woods just to look at Mother Nature's new look and I'm sure Fall is my very fave of all...til December comes...
love the pictures, they're beautiful!

Sandi

Jillsy said...

that first shot is amazing but that one with the light shining through the leaves is my fave!

Linda said...

Just beautiful, Hilary...as always.

MaggieGem said...

Wonderful autumn leaves! I especially love the golden oak... such contrasts, lovely composition!

Scott said...

Those are beautiful. Love the different perspectives.

I visited a few of your POTW under the Photography Category. Excellent picks.

Susie said...

I just love this time of year. It's so colorful and well...just wonderful

Kristina P. said...

I LOVE fall colors. Amazing pictures.

Karen said...

"Leaf of my senses," laughing....so cute! Great pics, the one with the small branch lit with light in the shadows was great!

Friko said...

Your senses are fine, the leaves have only sharpened them.
Beautiful pictures, as always.

TSannie said...

That tree is just beautiful. All of them are, but especially that tree.

photowannabe said...

I love the multi colors and the shadows you captured. This is such an amazingly beautiful time of year. I love coming here to see how you have photographed it.
Have a wonderful day Hilary.

Reb said...

Beautiful as always! I love the contrasts in the last shot.

Frank Baron said...

Gorgeous pics, darn-near edible. Looking at them, I have to marvel (yet again) at the mind-boggling variety offered by nature. No two leaves are exactly alike. And there's gazillions of the little beauties.

Good stuff, Hil. :)

ethelmaepotter! said...

Fabulous! Your eye for color, texture, and lighting is superb. I love all of them, but am particularly intrigued by the contrast and lines of the last.

Alas, almost all our leaves are already on the ground, except for the Bradford Pears, which are still quite green. We have storms forecast this week, though, so I'm sure they'll be gone soon, Sigh.

Tabor said...

I was too lazy to see if I commented, though I know I had read this post at an earlier time...anyway, NICE!!

Clowncar said...

just gorgeous.

leafs me speechless...

lailani said...

Glad you took leaf of your senses - we had just a little color this fall - to dry of a season. Loved seeing the vibrant colors we miss. That shadow/leaves ones is really good!

Hilary said...

• Brian, thank you. Much appreciated. :)

• Steve, thanks kindly. :)

• Pauline, thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

• Bonnie, thanks very much for the kind words. :)

• Thanks so much, DJan. You have such a wonderful eye, yourself so that means a lot to me. :)

• Thank you, Leah. You're right - it does. :)

• Suldog, you're too kind. Thanks very much. :)

• Oh, Lori. Don't mention that white stuff.. not just yet. I'll still trying to come to terms with summer being over. ;) Thanks always for your kind comments. :)

• Ellen, coming from a wonderful artist such as yourself, that is such a compliment. Thank you. :)

• Thank you, MPM. :)

• TechnoBabe, you and Leah each have wonderful perspective. It does indeed look like that. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Cricket, Mac woes? Say it isn't so. Mac is usually so cooperative. Our oak leaves usually do turn that rusty sort of brown here too. These red ones struck me as quite different this year. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Dawn, it would indeed make a nice Thanksgiving decoration especially since ours was in October. Thanks for the visit and kind words. :)

• Daryl, oak-ay. I won't. Silly ash! ;)

• Thanks, MessyMimi. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Betty, thanks kindly for that. :)

• Sandi, so good to see you. Your comment reminds me of a letter to Dear Abby or Ann Landers way back. It was written by a mother of three children and was about why she always loved each of them the best. Seasons are not children though, and summer has always been my absolute favourite but I sure have learned to appreciate the others. Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

• Jillsy, thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Thanks kindly, Linda. So sweet of you to visit and comment while traveling on vacation.

• Thanks very much, Maggie Gem. Your kind words are always very much appreciated. :)

• Scott, thank you so much. I'm glad you're enjoying your POTW visits. :)

• Susie, I hear you. It's certainly a unique and short-lived time of year. :)

• Thanks kindly, Kristina. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Karen. I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. :)

• Friko, that's a sweet thing to say. Thank you for that. :)

• TSannie, thanks. I'm glad you liked it. :)

• Sue, how sweet of you. I'm so glad you dropped by today. It made me smile. Thanks for that. :)

• Reb, thanks so kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Frank. You know how much that means to me. And I do know how you marvel at that concept - just like those grains of sand. Thanks. :)

• Thank you kindly, EthelMae. Our leaves are pretty much gone now too but several blog posts worth of photos remain so you might continue seeing it here for a while. Enjoy your pear leaves while you have them. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Tabor, thanks kindly for the revisit. :)

• Thank you Clowncar. You speechless? Son of a birch - that's a first! ;)

• Lailani, thanks very much. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the season through these photos. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

You capture it so nicely. I could look at autumn photos all day.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Hilary: That was a neat series of photos from the coming of Fall. It was a great of you to share your falling leaves.

kcinnova said...

Hilary,
Such beautiful colors and textures! I am esp. in love with the photo taken on the dock.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Beautiful- great shots-creative and colorful
Johnina :^A

ds said...

Glorious--a true celebration of fall. I love the backlit maple leaf, and the final oak, though I can't say why...

SandyCarlson said...

Thank you for these rich, vibrant reminders of what is important. Thank you for peace.

deb said...

love the title..
and I just can't seem to get enough of fall this year.
I think it's almost making up for the long blah to come.

VM Sehy Photography said...

These are really beautiful shots. I love the way light brings out the color of leaves. Really gives fall those brilliant and vibrant colors.

Stacey Dawn said...

Love your leaves... they are almost all on the ground here now... so lovely... sure am going to miss them when they are gone!

ladyfi said...

Love the pun... Wonderful shots - that last one is glorious in its rich contrast of texture and colour.

I'll leaf you alone now.

Pseudo said...

I do so miss Fall in the Mainland. Not a lot of turning colors here in Hawaii.

Glorious photos as always.

Bimbimbie said...

I love seeing light and shadow play. The colours are so rich must give you a warm glow on a cool morning*!*

Sarah Knight said...

Lovely shots!
: )

Maggie said...

I was just curious, do you read my Postcards blog. I'm not on your blog list.

That one row of leaves is delightful.

Land of shimp said...

So, so pretty. You can almost smell that nice, crisp, vaguely smokey smell in the air.

You and I have talked about how long last winter seemed...why is that Autumn is never nearly long enough?

Fleeting beauty...appreciating it is a sensation that entirely defies description.

Luckily we have you and your fellow shutter-bugs, making sure it's only partially fleeting :-)

Jinksy said...

I've run out of superlatives for your magical photos! lol :)

Haddock said...

Like the way you have used the sunlight as the back light.
Very effective.

Linda said...

Lovely! Fall is beautiful and then it's gone. Winter's getting ready to move in.

Cloudia said...

Oh I do I DO!!!!!

So nice. I miss these things. Kind of you to bring them to me, Hilary


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Pearl said...

I love your images. Such a great eye, Hillary. I can smell autumn in these pics. :-)

Pearl

Paul C said...

So rich with texture and line. There's so much beauty if we take the time.

david mcmahon said...

Hilary, this is precisely why I have been the biggest fan of your work, and the way in which you see and portray your world, for so very long.

In late 2008, I spent about an hour trying to shoot the tiny leaves of quivering aspens in the Yukon - now you have brought back to me the magic of that attempt.

Thank you....

Velvet Over Steel said...

Beautiful, vibrant colored pictures! I love fall colors!!

Our only tree already lost all it's leaves. I think it's the first one in our neighborhood ever year. At least my racking is down! :-)

Have a Great weekend!
~Coreen

Hilary said...

• Elizabeth, thank you so much. I should have some more for you soon. :)

• Fishing Guy, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I'm always happy to share. :)

• Thanks, KC. I was quite taken with that little leaf. I'm glad you liked it too. :)

• Welcome, Johnina and thanks for the kind words. Very much appreciated. :)

• DS, no need to say why. I'm just pleased that it appeals to you. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Sandy, you're too sweet. Thank YOU, my friend. :)

• Deb, I think you might be right about that. The season started early and continues late - though long past its peak. I'm glad you got a kick out of the title. :)

• Thanks, VM. So true that the light helps make these colours more vibrant. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Stacey Dawn, I feel the same way. Of course I'm still missing summer too. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, LadyFi. I'm glad you're enjoying the word play too. :)

• Pseudo, I can imagine you would miss the season's changes but you've got some pretty wonderful scenes to enjoy where you are. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Binbimbie, thank you. They do indeed - and on a cool afternoon when I'm more likely to be out shooting. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Sarah. :)

• Maggie, I wasn't aware of your Postcards blog. I am now! Thanks for that. :)

• Thank you, Shimp. I feel like summer is never really long enough either but this past one was a beauty. And of course autumn really seems to have legs this year too. But yes, the changes are ongoing and fleeting, and seem to fade quickly after they peak. Thanks for your always kind words, dear friend. They're so much appreciated. :)

• Jinsky, good thing I haven't run out of thanks. Much appreciated, my friend. :)

• Haddock, thanks kindly. I'm glad you think so. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Linda, shhh! Don't say the W word.. at least not yet! Thanks very much. :)

• Cloudia, thanks for enjoying them alongside me. Aloha. :)

• Pearl, thanks kindly. I'm glad they got into your senses. Much appreciated. :)

• Paul, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• David, you're much too kind. Thank you so much for such supportive words. They mean so much to me. :)

• Coreen, thank you kindly. So true that the positive side of the end of autumn is no more raking. But then there's shoveling that S word! But not yet. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

June said...

I love the leaf/twig picture. When I see things like that . . . a feather caught on the very top of a weed . . . I always wonder how it happened, how long they will stay that way, and what's next...

Loz said...

We don't get the same colours down here that you do. Beautiful.

Zuzana said...

Stunning... That first image is absolutely breath taking...
Here leaves are now lying in heaps all over, as a storm swept through midweek and so the brilliance of autumn is slowly ending...
Have a lovely weekend my dear friend,
xoxo

Kerri said...

Oh Hiliar, these are SUPER!

Kerri said...

oops - sorry for the typo - the "y" didn't come out!

steviewren said...

The oak leaf was especially beautiful. It's funny that yours are almost spent and my oak tree has barely begun to turn. I'm going to be raking leaves for a long time.

Dianne said...

I love the way the sun lit those hanging leaves too, and they appear to be so perfectly arranged
Mother Nature is truly an artist

sage said...

The leaves were almost gone when I left here ten days ago--and my daughter had finished her school leaf project--when I returned Thursday, the trees were bear and it snowed on Friday... Nice photos

Anvilcloud said...

That's a very fine leaf study. I was quite taken with the rich colour in the on the deck shot. Very few leaves remaining on trees here in the Ottawa Valley.

Wendy said...

Who would have thought leaves would be so pretty. Hmmmm, maybe it's the photographer!
I love the ones with the light filtering through the very best.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Hilary, every collection of photos you post is a delight.

Hilary said...

• June, that's exactly how I see those things too. I also wonder just how many of those things I'll walk past without noticing in the course of a day. But I'm happy for the ones I do see. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Loz, it's a pity that you don't. They sure are enjoyable while they last. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Zuzana, thank you, my friend. They're pretty much in heaps here too but these photos go back a couple of weeks. Thanks always for the kind words. :)

• Thanks so much, Kerri. :)

• Steviewren, you're quite lucky that you still have most of this season ahead of you. Better to rake than to shovel that other stuff. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Dianne, you're so right about that. I'm glad she loves to share. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Sage, that's some quick changing weather. I'm not at all ready for snow yet. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Anvilcloud, thank you kindly. We actually have very few here too. These photos go back a couple of weeks. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Wendy, I think it's in the eye of the beholder. So thank you for thinking so. :)

• JarieLyn, thank you so much. Such a sweet thing to say. :)

Rain said...

I love the leaf of your senses!
;) I love our Maple leafs too, no not the Leaves, after all I am a Montrealer by birth right?

Hilary said...

Thanks, Rain. I was Montreal-born but was a Bruins fan.. go figure. ;)

Nathanaëlle said...

Wonderful photos of Autumn !Wonderful Canada !
Greetings from France,
Amitiés,
Nathanaëlle

lime said...

the red oak leaf is the one that grabs my eye, the variegated colors and shape appeal very much.

Hilary said...

• Bienvenue a ma blog, Nathanaëlle et merci beaucoup. :)

• Thanks kindly, Lime. Always much appreciated. :)

Sandra said...

Absolutely beautiful.