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Celebrating a Brief Autumn

November 8, 2010

Fall has been all too brief here due to the extremely dry summer. The leaves have fallen very fast, some of the trees even skipping the usual reds and yellows and going straight to brown.

But I take my autumn joy where I can get it. Here are some leaves from three Bradford Pear trees behind my back fence. The wind blows a lot of the leaves over into my yard, and I’m always amazed how many stages of color these trees go through at the same time — at least this year.

A few more leaves . . .





And here is another collage. I’m hoping for more collage time this week, now that I’ve rescued my papers from the floor.

“Tread Softly” – Collage, 4 x 4″


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandra permalink
    November 9, 2010 2:06 am

    Wonderful leaves, the range of beautiful rich darks in the first shot especially. And what a great composition tread softly is, it plus the autumn colours have inspired a painting. Autumn is my favourite season here, the colours are stunning and the weather is more settled than spring and easier than summer.

  2. November 9, 2010 10:53 pm

    Sandra, it’s delightful to know that the colors have inspired you to paint. Isn’t autumn wonderful? It’s my favorite too.

  3. Nancy permalink
    November 10, 2010 1:08 am

    yikes, do you have leaves! they are amazing… can hardly wait to see what you do with them Martha… i collect leaves and other bits of nature from my dog walks and press them to make into cards, collages and whatever else i can think up. Alabama has quite a variety not seen here in the pacific northwest!

    • November 10, 2010 6:17 am

      Yes, Nancy — we do have leaves! And sadly, they are just about all on the ground now. Next ours will become part of my compost pile. I literally didn’t get enough time to pick up good leaves for art this year. They didn’t last long enough for me to get out there.

      Have you ever made skeletonized leaves? I would like to try making some, but from what I read they are difficult to do. But so beautiful.

  4. Nancy permalink
    November 10, 2010 1:18 pm

    hmmm, yes, skeletonized leaves… we have a lovely little plant which is referred to as a vanilla leaf plant – don’t know the scientific name – and it carefully loses the leaf and keeps the veins. lovely to use as a stencil, paste right into a painting or collage. someitmes there are other leaves that leave skeletons – alder or maple, but often they just compost or get too soggy with rain and west coast mist. i haven’t actually tried making a skeleton from a whole leaf though

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