Today’s Photograph October 9, 2010

Patterns and rich colors in the structure of this banana leaf drew me to photograph it. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th sec @ f3.5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Patterns and rich colors in the structure of this banana leaf drew me to photograph it. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th sec @ f3.5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Strolling through our yard yesterday in the gathering dusk, I was struck by how many things are already dying. Even though we’re still a couple of months away from the possibility of a freeze here in south Louisiana, plants are responding to diminished light and cooler temperatures and are beginning to wilt and die. I see it in the weeds and grasses ( I haven’t had to cut the grass in over two weeks now) and in some of the more tropical plants we have: the bananas and gingers in particular.

This banana plant was one of the first things I photographed. Large, elongated leaves are turning yellow, drying up and shriveling here in early October.

I think the patterns here in this leaf structure remind me of waves breaking on a beach. I spent some time composing and shooting but found this, the very first frame, was my favorite.

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4 Comments on "Today’s Photograph October 9, 2010"

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  1. Enivea says:

    Banana leaves are a photographer’s paradise! This image speaks to me of a geological formation, as Australia has a variety of these land forms. May your autumn be fruitful:-)

  2. Thanks Enivea…so is it Spring there now?

  3. Enivea says:

    Yes Andrew, it is Spring and yesterday it was racing into Summer, although it may revert later. The reptiles are very active and that is always a sign of the warmth. After a very long cold winter, the warmth is most appreciated.

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