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Inadvertent Halloween

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October 19 found me wandering uphill through the woods adjacent to Stillhouse Canyon in northwest Austin, where I came across this partly decayed leaf of what appears to be a redbud tree, Cercis canadensis. I was fascinated by the way the white, reticulated portion of the leaf contrasts with the backlit orange that largely surrounds it. This being October, the color and rounded shape of the leaf, as well as the eaten-out pattern of white, reminded me of another rounded orange member of our native plant world that has come to be an emblem of Halloween, which not coincidentally is today.

For those interested in photography as a craft, points 1, 2, and especially 4 in About My Techniques are relevant to today’s photograph.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 31, 2011 at 5:34 AM

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  1. That is pretty cool. Perfect for halloween.


    October 31, 2011 at 5:52 AM

  2. Love the lacy effect and the color.


    October 31, 2011 at 6:01 AM

  3. This looks wonderful and so apt for Halloween! What an excellent find.


    October 31, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    • I’m glad you find it apt, though I had to hold the picture for almost two weeks to make the aptness apt.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 31, 2011 at 8:09 AM

  4. Very cool.


    October 31, 2011 at 7:50 AM

  5. I love this!! Perfect post for the day 🙂


    October 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

  6. Nice shot! It really does look like a pumpkin 🙂


    October 31, 2011 at 4:52 PM

  7. Great Shot. Nice pumpkin resemblance. 🙂

    Emily Gooch

    October 31, 2011 at 9:15 PM

  8. […] the recent Halloween entry in my other blog I used the word reticulated to describe a portion of a leaf that had deteriorated to the point that […]

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