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Greenbrier in autumn, part 4

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Backlit greenbrier leaf; click for greater detail.

The pictures in the last three posts showed that greenbrier leaves can become colorful in the fall. Today’s image—the last in the series—gives an even closer view of the venation of one of these leaves. To take this photograph I sat on the ground with the leaf between the camera lens and the afternoon sun. That arrangement led to a bright, translucent leaf that revealed a great deal of detail, and it caused the shadowed trees in the background to appear very dark. The contour of this lower end of the leaf reminds me of the southern part of Africa, even though the two are somewhat different. You could also see a resemblance to the southern part of India if you’re willing to slight Sri Lanka. And if you look at the dark reddish-brown, almond-shaped spot at the top center and see it as some sort of slanted eye, then you have an imagination as susceptible to suggestion as mine at the moment.

Like the last two pictures, this one came into being on the partly sunny afternoon of December 17 in the relatively new “panhandle” of St. Edward’s Park that’s on the east side of Spicewood Springs Rd. in my northwestern part of Austin. For more information, including a state-clickable map showing the places in the southeastern United States where Smilax bona-nox grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 21, 2011 at 5:13 AM

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