Turning Over A Leaf

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Winter has been too mild, and many of the leaves that would ordinarily be decayed still sit in readiness at my approach, waiting for a chance to become famous on the internet. And, of course, I pick up a small hand full, and soon enough the tripod emerges from my office, and on and on.

I thought about this as I considered this week’s theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself. What have I been expressing as I’ve shot autumn leaves? The answer came a beat later—it’s enjoyment. An interest in forms, the colors and details that wrap them like expensive paper at Christmas, the gestures they make when I look, that separate them from all the others.

After photographing the top of this leaf (shown below), I turned it over and discovered the wonderful surprise you see above. When the morning warmed, the ladybug moved on, unaware of its impending fame.

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Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. —Ansel Adams


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