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Consider Going Green With Blankets of Green

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 Blankets of Greenshot 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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Summer Reds

When I hear about summer reds the first thing I think of is wine.  But in this case, we are talking about art in nature.

The photographic work Summer Reds gives vision to the force of color in nature.   Red colors give enchantment and welcome glow to the usual blend of greens and browns that inhabit a garden with little to no flowering plants.  Indeed the artistic challenge of any gardener is to break up the consistent green that you ordinarily see from the sheer number of living plants.   This is where Japanese maple trees shine their best.  The natural red leaves only continue to darken to a crimson color as the year progresses on.

 

The value of such a colored ornamental plant is perfect for the shade.  In fact Japanese maples have to be shaded, or protected from the full afternoon sun in some way.  The delicate leafs cannot take the punishment doled out by the Texas summer heat and they will burn into a horrible garish brown.  This staying in the shadows works to a gardeners advantage however, as the deep reds and yellows that these plants grow will nurture an inspiring scene of bright colors and latent greens in a garden.

 

The other contrast that satisfies our artistic view in Summer Reds  in nature is the use of sunlight and deep shadow.  This flagrant battle between the sun-kissed bark and the deep dark shadows of the underside of various stems and limbs improve our attention to detail in the scene. We can sense the sunlight nurturing the red leafs in the early morning light.  Cultivation and nourishment for both tree and our own interests before the hard reality of the afternoon comes to envelop the tree in shadow and diminish the transparency  and bright glow of colorful leafs.

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