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“Leaf Witching”

“Leaves in Shade”
Heatherwood Fall

We are now blessed with a little frost every morning. When the sun comes out, the leaves remaining in the shade retain their frost dusting. There is so much to see. How do I pick what to photograph?

I use a similar technique that some of our forefathers used to find underground water on their land called “water witching.” Their first step was to find a branch shaped like a “Y”. They held the “Y” branches very lightly with the leg of the “Y” facing horizontally in front of them. They would slowly walk across the land hoping that the leg of the “Y” would drop. When it did, there was water below and they selected the site to dig their wells. Now, imagine a camera with a telephoto lens serving as a “witching” tool. I hold my camera lightly with the telephoto pointing horizontally forward. When I feel the lens starting to drop down there is my pile of leaves that I am destined to photograph. “Leaf witching” works for me … or maybe, my arms just get tired.

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When You See Red … Shoot, Even on a Cold Day

“Don’t Pass Me By”

Brilliant beauty is everywhere.  This single red maple leaf, edges covered with hoarfrost, made me stop in my tracks.  It was just hanging there waiting for me to discover.  Just a few ice crystals held it captured on the branch.  After taking several photos, I turned around to look for other treasures.  I glanced back, the red was not there.  The leaf had fallen to the ground.

Lesson Learned:  Never pass up a gift!

Winter is Approaching

Hoarfrost

The leaves have fallen.  A few stragglers remain.  Hoarfrost on the remaining vegetation is a  mild reminder that winter is on its way.  Walking around our yard in the midst of beautiful branches and leaves covered with ice crystals was like walking through a wonderland.  It was a gift from above.