Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Taken With Autumn Leaves

I don't know if I've entered my second childhood early or what, but lately I have been really taken with autumn leaves, filled with memories of walking home from school on autumn afternoons, kicking my way through vivid ocean-like waves of fallen leaves.



I've started collecting them and bringing them indoors, searching for "that perfect one" -- the one without a blemish, without insect damage. They sit on my kitchen counter, drying out after a major soaking last night and today.







I immortalized some of them in a photograph by arranging them on my scanner.








And some I immortalized by taking a picture of them in the garden.




I need to do something with them soon. They turn crispy fast.

11 comments:

  1. So beautiful! love the idea of scanning them. I love the colors of autumn.

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  2. Beautiful photos :-) That first photo with the waterfall in the background was just gorgeous!

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  3. Alison, you have some gorgeous arrangements here. I've seen scanner art before, but have never attempted it. Your waterfall is beautiful, too!

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  5. Lovely leaves. Storm Sandy blew down all our pretty leaves and they do go from lovely to soggy to crispy too fast. I hope you find your perfect unblemished one!

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  6. Autumn leaves are so beautiful they beg to be collected...but what then?

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  7. Crispy or soggy. Either way, not very photogenic. The ones you scanned are really gorgeous. Nice job. Up until yesterday things still looked pretty nice down here but after the rain and wind last night, ick. :)

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  8. I'm with you! We're having an especially long and beautiful fall foliage season this year I think. I can spend hours looking at beautiful leaves & have always wished there was a way to keep them. Scanning is a great way to preserve those vibrant colors. A really nice lady with whom I work laminated some leaves for me last year and they still look pretty good.

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  9. These are gorgeous, Alison. I love your creativity in scanning some and framing the result!

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  10. I love the framed leaves. The realtor is coming to present an offer on our house today. I also have an appointment to choose a plot in a community garden. That will be a mixed planting of vegetables & perennial flowers. My new home will have a small garden almost entirely in shade. I plan to use native forest plants there. I probably won't post any photos until they are fairly well-established. But the p-patch might be photogenic by summer. Thanks for asking. I finally remembered to add you to the blog list at Metropolitan Gardens. I'm sorry it has taken so long.

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