Sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office….bored out of my mind….decided it was time to clear some photos off my phone when it struck me. There are some pretty strong themes to my photography. Nature is an obvious one since that accounts for 90% of my photos, but leaves in particular occur frequently. I think to myself…what is it about leaves that intrigue me so. Is it their overall shape….elongate, lanceolate, linear, oblong, obovate, tendril, orbicular, deltoid? (warning: my botany nerd is starting to come out in full force!) Is it the patterns of the veining….palmately, pinnately? Is it their edges….smooth edged, toothed, serrated, lobed? Is it the joy of fall when the days get shorter and the lower production of chlorophyll allows the green to fade and the colors to shine through? (botany nerd…I told you).
There are so many different ways to show the beauty of leaves. There are little nuances that separate one leaf from another…it's like a treasure hunt to find the distinctions. Sometimes it's the shadows that leaves create with each other. It's the interplay of the leaves with each other and their surroundings. Perhaps it's finding the individual among the group….showcasing some feature that is distinct to that one little leaflet. These little distinctions deserve to be seen.
Take a look through your photos…do you see a theme that you may not have noticed before?
"Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole,
and partakes of the perfection of the whole."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson