Claret-coloured Leaves

I’m looking for signs of bright colour whenever I’m out walking during this month of slate-grey skies and copious rainfall. I did a favourite circular walk this morning and came across these Smokebush (cotinus) leaves which had become entangled with some nettle leaves.

I stood underneath in order to capture the patterns of the leaves’ undersides – the greying sky showing beyond.

28 thoughts on “Claret-coloured Leaves

    1. Thank you, Adrian. I was standing in a road trying to avoid being run over when I photographed these leaves. There were also rampant dogs barking at everyone and suspicious householders trying to see what was going on. I had to be done with my shots – and quick 🙂


      1. I remember those days…When I lived in West Virginia- winter was 6 months of grey and brown! Any color was a joy! Thanks for visiting my site and the nice comment. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.


  1. Glorious! At first I felt that you shot it underwater, looking up through water plants toward those on the surface. There’s a Frans Lanting photo like that that I love, and this reminds me very much of that image. Do you know it?


    1. Many thanks, Gary. Yes – I can see what you mean about looking up through water – such was the colour of the sky. I was a bit doubtful about posting this photo as it’s not my usual ‘style’ but the colours and perspective kept drawing me back to it!

      No – I don’t know the image of which you speak. I’ll do an internet search.


        1. Thank you, Gary. Amazing image and also amazing how he went about capturing it: shark-infested water without breathing apparatus?! I thought I was being brave standing in a road with speeding cars and barking dogs 🙂


    1. Many thanks, Cocomino. I also like the red and green combo; the green of the nettles is a nice rich colour. I’m on the lookout for as many red leaves as I can find – a perfect foil for all the grey!


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