Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Green & Gold (Leaf Filters)


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost


A church near my apartment has this on its message board: "If you are reluctant to change, think of the beauty of autumn." I believe there is truth and comfort in this statement. When we were in New England, we drove by the church where the famous poet Robert Frost is buried. He lived in New Hampshire and Vermont for many years, and I think his words capture the pairing of autumn and change so gracefully.

If you are interested in the story behind the "leaf filters," my fellow filterer Chad has recounted the adventure far better than I could here. My Uncle has documented the technique (me manhandling a leaf) in his latest post.

19 comments:

Chad Oneil said...

That second one is my favorite. Super cool.

Kerri said...

They are both stunning, but I like the second one also. Great job!

Shionge said...

Very very captivating indeed Ash I've enjoyed both photos. I was literally mesmerised ;)

Mr. Mapper said...

I love the leaf filters! Might have to try that myself!

Mr. Mapper said...

Yup, I guess you could call me a professional mapper. I sell GIS systems to the Government. I too love geography.

oldmanlincoln said...

Nice photos. I like the green one the best because of the meals it served.

Moi said...

Beautiful.....the second one is an eye-catcher, Ash.

and i love the words...Frost's and the church's message too......and going by the beautiful surroundings Frost used to call home, it's no surprise that most of his work is based on/around nature :)

Mrs. Salty said...

You have chosen an excellent poem by Frost to go with your leaf filter post!
My favorite is the second leaf; I like the sun shining through the eaten out area.

imac said...

Nice ones there, but green one i would go for.
Very fasinating work.

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Juhi said...

"If you are reluctant to change, think of the beauty of autumn" how nice and thought provoking.

Very beautiful colors indeed...coupled with beautiful words.

Old Wom Tigley said...

They both do it for me, something I've never thought of, as for change... I can recommend it to anybody, there's so many ways to change for the better and it's worth all the hardships, and knockbacks, it can throw at you.

Salty said...

Look'en Good! I like them both but the bug hole does really sparkle!

ASH's Eye said...

Thanks everyone! Its funny how perception works: the first picture is my favorite, and I put the second one in last minute on a whim. But it seems to be crowd's selection.

I guess I should confess that I added in the sunburst-style rays after the fact, in Photoshop :)

Jill said...

I want to try that one!

Mike said...

Neat pictures. I like both of these. You guys are sure getting creative!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

...and that was a perfect touch, Amy.

...I thought the burst was real anyway ;)

Catherine said...

BEAUTIFUL photo's...love the second one! Very unique!! Leaf filters~great idea! Great word's by Frost also!
My first visit to your site, I have enjoyed all your photo's!!
Cat

~ Annie ~ said...

Aloha ASH, Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really enjoyed looking at all your photos, and have added you as a link from my blog. These images of the leaves are very nice - thanks for sharing.