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Painted Leaves and Branches

Painted Leaves and Branches

From “The Sugar Maple” in October, or Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau:

“Think how much the eyes of painters of all kinds, and of manufacturers of cloth and paper, and paper-stainers, and countless others, are to be educated by these autumnal colors….

“The stationer’s envelopes may be of very various tints, yet not so various as those of the leaves of a single tree. If you want a different shade or tint of a particular color, you have only to look further within or without the tree or the wood. These leaves are not many dipped in one dye, as at the dye-house, but they are dyed in light of infinitely various degrees of strength, and left to set and dry there.”

Continuing with some autumn-color photography … here’s a collection featuring images of isolated leaves that turned early, mostly at the tips of branches, still hanging on in mid-November … but probably not for long.


If you would like to see my previous fall color posts for this year (you might have missed one!), they’re all organized under the same tag, this one:

Autumn 2021

Thanks for taking a look!


    1. Dale

      That’s a fact! Actually went out shooting this morning — it was supposed to be overcast all day so was planning some cloudy photos — but the clouds broke shortly after I got there so I went hunting for more backlit leaves instead.

      Thanks for the comment!

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