Today’s photographic artwork is a contemporary piece titled Blankets of Green. This work is the result of a close up shot of the ridge top of a tropical leaf. As you might guess it’s all about the color green!
On that particular day, I started looking for a close shot that represented a particular color, in this case green, but still provided a sense of texture. The day was partly cloudy and I would have simply walked past this plant without a thought . Nothing on it really held my interest until the sun came out from behind a cloud and the sunlight weakly bounced thru the various shade trees around me to light upon some of the plant’s broad leafs.
When I saw weak sunlight had managed to highlight the yellowish fibers in the plant leaf, I knew I had my shot.
The fibrous veins of this leaf look like they were literally draped over a rigid branch running the length of the large leaf. The plant is a rather brilliant natural design. The plant’s leafs are as long and broad as possible for the plant to be able to support without breaking. These leaves grow to this size to catch as much of the tropical sun as possible.
These plant leafs contain tough fibrous strands that are resistant to tearing and stabilizes the weight of the leaf while providing the natural strength to stand up against tropical rain and winds.
Other captivating features include the hundreds of black lines these natural fibers give the leaf as they follow along the plant’s physical ridges and highlight the natural yellows and greens found in the picture. They also give a sense of depth and contrast as the lines of the leaves at the upper left seemingly flow in a direction quite different from the bold dark shade lines of the leaf on the right edges of the photograph.
It’s fitting that this very green picture be shown and posted to the world on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy!
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