Silent Sunday

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About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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68 Responses to Silent Sunday

  1. The effects of winter and cold! I love all the neutral colors, Eliza!

  2. Anne says:

    A poignant photograph: for you it is the effect of winter; for me this is what the drought has done to a lot of our vegetation this summer. A lovely picture, nonetheless.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Anne. It typifies the monotones of late autumn around here… lots of brown and gray.
      Sad to think about drought stressing your plants/wildlife. It is hard to experience.

  3. So there’s a name for when dead leaves stay on a tree — marcesence. I’ve noticed it and think it looks depressing, although your photo is artistic. Some oak trees do this; didn’t know dogwoods do too.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It doesn’t happen often in trees other that oak and beech, but I think this autumn’s weather had a lot to do with many other trees retaining leaves. A warm Sept/Oct. inhibited the formation of the abcission layer that normally forms at the base of the petiole in preparation for leaf fall.

      • That’s so interesting. I had just decided that this was just a “feature” of the variety of oak I’ve noticed doing that (they’re street trees). I’ll keep my eyes open for more around here.

  4. Karen Lang says:

    There is a time for everything in nature.

  5. Christina says:

    A beautiful image to capture the sadness of winter.

  6. neihtn2012 says:

    Simple beauty, the best!

  7. Treah says:

    I love the sepia coloring & the forms here…..nice job!

  8. Alice Pratt says:

    Dried leaves as tree decorations! Quiet time of the year in nature… we can appreciate all Spring will bring. Mary Holland did a post on marcescence, a few weeks back. Kinda ‘warm’ here! 31°…it’ll be in the low 40’s today and warmer tomorrow….and so much longer light! Almost 10 hours between sun rise and set!

  9. Jewels says:

    I love the colors and the texture of this one, Eliza. ❤

  10. Widdershins says:

    Refusing to fall until the new ones show up, just in case. 😀

  11. Kris P says:

    Poetic in decline.

  12. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Just love the colours in this image Eliza.

  13. AmyRose🌹 says:

    If we just know how to see, there is Beauty in everything!! Beautiful and wondrous photo, Eliza!! Thank you! 💝

  14. I enjoy seeing leaves clinging to their branches in winter. A reminder of what’s past and what’s to come. Lovely photo.

  15. I always love seeing leaves holding on through winter. Beautiful shot!🙂

  16. Oh, that bud! Great focus.
    (Had to look up marcescence … so I learnt a new word too)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Allison. Our warm autumn, then rapid cooling caused many plants to do this. Recent wind and snow have now brought the majority of leaves down, thankfully without damage to the twigs.

  17. Sagittarius Viking says:

    Interesting, and peaceful in its own way.

  18. Jane Lurie says:

    Wonderful image, Eliza. Terrific clarity and color. Past and future…hope.

  19. Beauty can be found in every aspect of life…~Storm

  20. susurrus says:

    I love seeing the leaves hanging on too – papery patches of brightness.

  21. Robert says:

    Weathered and beautiful!

  22. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Lovely texture and shapes.

  23. AmyRose🌹 says:

    I think this is just gorgeous, Eliza. If we but have eyes to see Beauty, we will see Beauty.

  24. Nicely seen and composed close-up Eliza! Some of the willows here are starting to take on some color but they can’t fool me … I know there is much more winter to come.

  25. Robin says:

    I think this is beautiful. Wabi-sabi. I like the curves and edges and wrinkles.

  26. Maria says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one. My bonsai trees have dried up too and this is Florida!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I hope they come back into leaf for you. Has it been too cold for them?

      • Maria says:

        Thanks. It’s the first time I have bonsai trees, and they probably just got a bit cold with the last cold front. However, I know they still live. They’ve gone dormant. It just got in the lower 50’s a couple of times.

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