Leaf Life

A close-up of a dogwood (Cornus) leaf basking in early morning November sunshine.

I find close-ups of leaves fascinating and this one, with its intricate network of veins, reminds me of skin – particularly dry skin like mine.

I like dogwoods – they provide all round interest in a garden with their pretty leaves, flowers, buds, and Winter stems. They seem to grow quite happily on shallow chalk as we have here.

I had previously wondered about the common name and discovered a couple of days ago that it comes from ‘dag’ meaning ‘skewer’ or ‘dagger’. Apparently the strong stems were used as skewers for meat in days gone by.

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27 thoughts on “Leaf Life

    • Thank you, Scott. I’m still not completely sure about the new theme; I chose my favourite colour for the background but I think overall it’s a little drab! Also I’ve been informed at home that the text is hard to read – and I tend to agree. I wanted a theme with a footer so I can have all the tags and community info in there whilst having a full width template for the images.

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      • Most welcome, Meanderer…and yes, the words are a little hard to read (same comments on mine from time to time), but the full-frame allows for the photos to be enjoyed on a larger scale…so it’s a bit of a trade-off…. I still like it very much. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jul. Some things I’ve learned for macro shots are: shoot in bright light but not glaring sunshine, and shoot in non-windy conditions. Some say a tripod should be used but my hands are quite steady so I always shoot hand-held. Also it depends on the camera. Compact cameras work well for macro shots – something to do with the lens design. Hope that helps.

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      • Thanks! I don’t have a compact but a reflex camera so I thought it would be easier to do macro… maybe it’s me, then! 😉 I’ll have to try again. Or maybe, I want to do something I can’t do with that camera and that lens. But thanks for the insight, that helps!

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  1. Beautiful image, M – I think the highlit ridges and their shadows bring a lot here – I can see them as sea waves sweeping down to the southwest across an orange and red, honeycomb ocean. Excellent stuff! A

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