“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
― Isaac Asimov
Something about fall that has always fascinated me is how slow decay, cooler temperatures, and a shorter period of daylight, can change a plant so dramatically.
Recently I came across this dogwood in a local forest. Almost all the leaves show signs of decay, being thoroughly spotted and in some case, even perforated by decay. Then there are the dramatic fuchsia leaves. I look at the companion leaves carefully and don’t see even a hint of that colour in them. It is quite dramatic, especially when the sun filters through the canopy, making the leaves glow.
Then, I think back on the same plant in early summer, leaves freshly formed and glowing green, not a blemish to mar their beauty. They endure a lot through the summer and award us with this wonderful show of colour, with a few blemishes and scars to remind us that the summer can be harsh too.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 62mm
1/2 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400
High Resolution image on 500px: