Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Holding On (Last Year’s Beech-Tree Leaves)

April 19, 2018

Here’s, possibly, a new word for you: marcescence. The things you learn when putting together a blog post . . .

12 responses

  1. I love how they glow!


    April 19, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    • I was heading toward a destination further along beside the river when these leaves called to me—hard to ignore. Glad you like them, too.

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      April 19, 2018 at 3:52 PM

  2. Porter


    That’s an amazing treasure-trove of images and impressions!

    I particularly enjoy the photographs of leaves on trees against a darker background.

    It’€™s not because these scenes are exotic or spectacular, but because they

    create special compositions that one doesn’€™t notice when simply walking around through

    them. That’€™s what you do all the time, of course, but I’m more aware of it in these

    pictures. Perhaps that’€™s because in everyday life I tend to take close-up or far views

    of things, forgetting about the middle distance as a reality.

    Marjorie says your recent photographs are wonderful. She downloads many.

    Larry Porter


    April 19, 2018 at 8:40 AM

    • Thank you, Larry. I don’t take as many photographs of the middle distance as I do close-ups, but as I pretty much told Cathy (wanderessence1025) above, this photograph was unavoidable.


      April 19, 2018 at 3:59 PM

  3. Thanks for the dictionary explanation of something I love seeing in the woods and have never understood. Those leaves on young trees are the best part of my drive down State Route 5 which I often travel. We have them here in our woods but I can’t see them from the house because of all of the pine trees. And I have been so aware of the “harbingers of winter” since your posts. Love those little bits of snow that cling to the shaded and protected areas of nature. Thanks, Linda!


    April 19, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    • Thank you, Clare. I never knew about marcescence either. I loved all the speculation in this Wikipedia entry. I’ve been enjoying the left-over snow around here, too, but I’m ready to stop putting my hood up and my mittens on.


      April 19, 2018 at 4:02 PM

  4. Beautiful… I love what the streaky white bark does to the composition. Are those Sycamores?


    April 19, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    • Thank you, John. Yes, they are sycamores, one of my favorite trees. Many of them grow along the river here.

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      April 19, 2018 at 7:48 PM

  5. A new word for sure! I’m familiar with the phenomenon though – especially beech trees in northeastern woods, in winter. This photo is beautiful, those leaves are poetic.


    April 28, 2018 at 12:29 AM

    • This is a beech tree, too, which you know if you looked at the tags for this post. They can be so beautiful with the sun coming through them. I took several photos of such leaves close up a few weeks ago, but never achieved a good composition. Thanks, Lynn, for your nice words.


      April 28, 2018 at 1:08 PM

      • I didn’t look at the tags – so thanks….I used to love seeing them in winter, and for that matter, most any time, as they’re beautiful trees.
        John’s remark is interesting because my first reaction to the white parts was to want them gone, to just have the beech leaves and gray branches behind them. He made me look again and think more. A good thing.


        April 28, 2018 at 1:27 PM

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