Monday, November 30, 2009

Gathering Memories

I thought I'd commemorate my 100th post (100!) by showing my latest obsession with Autumn leaves, their colors and textures.  I'm planning on collecting and drying them to use to decorate for Christmas, although I will probably not have much time.  There's never enough time before Christmas, but on top of that, we'll be heading to Israel for a week or so.  If anyone has suggestions on places to go and people to see please let me know!  The leaf above was collected whilst hiking at Redwood Regional Park

The wind in Sacramento during Thanksgiving caused leaves to fall like snow.  Absolutely magical!  I collected a few and stacked them methodically to keep them all together.  The different shapes layered together look so pretty!

The negative space they create reminds me of projects in Intro to Drawing class at art school.

These I pilfered from my neighbor and his magnolia tree.  I love the stories these leaf collections gather with remembrances of friends and family and happy discoveries.


  1. Beautiful! I was photographing some of the leaves on our Big Leaf Maples the other day. Unfortunately, all the wind we had over the weekend has since knocked most of them to the ground. Still have a few apricot and peach leaves hanging on though!

  2. I love how you layered the leaves for your photos. It really shows the differences in texture and color.

    I hope you have a good trip to Isreal. I would love to see you post pictures of your trip.

  3. Hi Clare- It always helps my winter denial if a few leaves try to keep the summer image alive!

    Thanks, Noelle! I will definitely report back on my discoveries in Israel.