October 16, 2010

Foliage Follow-Up ~ A Few Stand-Outs

I wasn't going to post today.  I'm supposed to be getting ready to go to work...to assist my friend, the photographer, taking pictures in our neighborhood pumpkin patch.  But you know how it goes.  I walked outside for just a minute; just to see what was happening and I saw it...

morning dew reflected back at me from the canna at the back of the garden.  Well, who could resist going farther?

The sun back lighting the pineapple sage leaf called to me...the intricate design of the leaf is so appealing and when lightly crushed it smells of pineapple.

As I looked away from the pineapple sage I noticed a slight glow in the center of the japanese aralia bush.  The sun was spotlighting this new bud so beautifully.

In the same bed the japanese maple along with the live oak was casting a spectacular shadow on the brick wall.

And finally, this maple leaf is starting to show subtle changes in reaction to the cooler, shorter days of autumn.

I'm so glad I stepped outside this morning!  Pam at Digging is hosting Foliage Follow-Up today.   Check her blog for autumn foliage from other garden bloggers.

21 comments:

  1. Thanks to Pam for leading me to yet another fine blog. The photo of the shadow leaves on the brick is brilliant.

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  2. I love the lighting in your photos. I struggle with that a bit. Your macro shots are beautiful.

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  3. I tried you give your blog picks on blotanical for the past few days, and I think your site is corrupted. Maybe you should check to see if others are having the same trouble. It gives a few lines of code and does not take the picks. I visited your blog without blotancal this time to let you know.

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  4. I've been having trouble getting blotanical to favourite recently too. Maybe a glitch on the site?

    As always lovely photos of stunning subjects.

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  5. A warm welcome to first time visitors! I so appreciate you stopping by and your comments really are an added plus. I love to hear from you and share your gardens too.

    gardenwalkgardentalk, I find that natural morning light is my favorite...natural, autumn morning light is divine!

    Also, yes others are having trouble too and I've sent a message to Stuart at Blotanical to see if we can figure out what the problem is. I'm still new to Blotanical but did check out the FAQ section and just wasn't sure so sent an email to him. I hope to resolve soon. Thanks for letting me know. ~ Cat

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  6. simply stunning photos. the one with the sun reflecting on the morning dew is gorgeous. I'm going to head out tomorrow and look at some foliage.

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  7. Stunning! I love the folded fingers of your aralia and the shadow shot ... lovely! ;>)

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  8. Gorgeous shots! My favorite is the silhouetted Japanese maple leaves against the wall. You have a great eye.

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  9. Your stunning photos make this fall look as special as it is. This is the best fall weather I can remember in a long time.

    Did you get a chance to see Philip's garden, ESP, today while it was on the conservancy tour.? I volunteered from 2:00 to 4:00. If you didn't you missed out. He does have some phtos on his latest post though.

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  10. Fabby photos - I never seem to have my camera with me when I see these sorts of things!

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  11. Thank you for the generous compliments!

    Bob, I agree, this fall has been spectacular and is making for some amazing shots as the light is just so gorgeous! I felt as though I hit the proverbial jackpot when I turned and noticed the Japanese maple shadows!

    Unfortunately I missed ESP tour today but hope to see many pictures from the Austin bloggers. I was helping out in the pumpkin patch!

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  12. Very nice images! I especially love the aralia bud picture. I have three plants, and they all have buds. I like watching them opening to beautiful flowers.

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  13. Gorgeous photos!!!! If you're not a professional photographer, you should be!!! :0)

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  14. I know that feeling exactly Cat - good intentions gone by the wayside because of what you see that just can't be passed up ! (gets me into trouble sometimes).

    We're all glad though that you did - just beautiful shots here !

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  15. beautiful photos in this and your previous post Cat, I just love back lit leaves they are almost translucent, thanks Frances

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  16. Hi Cat! Excellent post as usual. The images are stunning and I envy you your composition and lighting. I'm having trouble picking it as well so maybe it does bear looking into.

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  17. Your photography is outstanding Your leaves make a perfect subject for foliage day. Isn't it wonderful to see fall color changes in the plants?

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  18. Thank you so much for your nice comment about my scanography (I never seem to get used to that word).
    I see that you are blessed woth gardening in a slightly (understatement!) better zone than I am. The very last leaves are now falling from the trees here. Well, well. It's time too start planning for a new year and new experiments in the garden.
    All the best
    /Linn

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  19. How fortunate that you captured the lighting just as it created a little magic with your plants! Too often we are so busy we miss the perfect moment in front of our eyes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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  20. Good you stopped ... the photos sublime :) Thank you for reminding us to focus on the beauty of the day.

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
~A.A. Milne

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