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Freddie the leaf

Freddie the leaf
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Copyright: Larry Doyle (techranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 9 N: 1075] (3462)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-09
Categories: Trees
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-09 17:35
Viewed: 2879
Points: 8
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This leaf, recently fallen from a maple tree, ended up on the "first" snowfall of the season. I view death as a new beginning not an end.

"Then, Freddie was all alone, the only leaf on his branch. The first snow fell the following morning. It was soft, white, and gentle; but it was bitter cold. There was hardly any sun that day, and the day was very short. Freddie found himself losing his color, becoming brittle. It was constantly cold and the snow weighed heavily upon him.

At dawn the wind came that took Freddie from his branch. It didn't hurt at all. He felt himself float quietly, gently and softly downward. As he fell, he saw the whole tree for the first time. How strong and firm it was! He was sure that it would live for a long time and he knew that he had been part of its life and made him proud.

Freddie landed on a clump of snow. It somehow felt soft and even warm. In this new position he was more comfortable than he had ever been. He closed his eyes and fell asleep. He did not know that Spring would follow Winter and that the snow would melt into water. He did not know that what appeared to be his useless dried self would join with the water and serve to make the tree stronger. Most of all, he did not know that there, asleep in the tree and the ground, were already plans for new leaves in the Spring." - Leo Buscalgia (from: The Fall of Freddie the Leaf).

Taken hand-held, auto everything, partially extended 12X zoom lens... instead of the macro setting... on an overcast rather breezy day (a day after the first snowfall of the season).

"I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves." - Leo Buscaglia

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Hi Larry!

Many thanks for this poetical present. I'm glad you have followed Leo Buscaglia's game and played with Freddie, the Leaf, for our pleasure and delight. I like the picture as well as the text very much and I'm touched by the esthesia of the poting.

Kind regards


A beautifully executed study in "nature mort" style Larry, you have a perfect focus here, and the chosen exposure is faultless, both the dark leaf and the light snow exhibit excellent detail, not an easy point to achieve my friend.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-10 8:16]

Wonderful contrast between the withe of snow and the lovely colors of the leaf!
Very sharp details.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-10 11:31]

Hello Larry
I really like that image it is simple but well composed.Sharp image with great detail.I love the colors contrast between the leaf and the BG.
TFS Michel

  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-10 13:19]

Hello Larry,
A beautifully composed scene with excellent exposure and very fine detail. I like the way the leaf seems to be casting a little shadow on the snow. Great work!!
We just had our first snowfall last night, but it has already melted away. looks like you guys got quite a bit more then we did, ours barely covered the ground.

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