You've probably heard the expression, "can't see the trees for the forest," and I think that is so true when it comes to flowers (and trees) and their leaves. We admire and appreciate and photograph colorful flowers and trees, but, oftentimes, we overlook the leaves.
With that in mind, I'd like to share some of my pictures that focus primarily on leaves (I was surprised by how many I have in my photo files).
Take, for instance, Hydrangeas, with their large showy flowers.
but look a little closer at the leaves.
In the fall, we admire glorious fall foliage displays, but, again, overlook the beauty of the individual leaves that create those displays.
I took the next picture last November. I'm not sure what kind of tree these leaves fell from, but I love the way they were resting on a bed of moss, all snuggled up against the trunk, as if they were waiting for winter.
One of my favorite "leaf pictures" in my collection is this one I captured of leaves floating on a lake behind my parents' house in Louisiana. Only God could create those colors.
I'm sure we're all familiar with the saying, "Leaves of three, let it be!" And although they're pretty little leaves, you don't want to get too close a look at Poison Ivy ...
I love using pots of Crotons in the fall for splashes of color in our courtyard. The leaves are absolutely gorgeous ...
The next two pictures were taken last December when we received an early, and completely unexpected, snowfall. My Asparagus Ferns were still pretty and green and looked like they were encased in ice bubbles.
This is a closeup of a leaf on our Japanese Maple tree that was dusted with snow.
My last pictures feature a tree whose leaves are almost as beautiful as its blossoms, and there's no way you could overlook them when admiring the flowers.
Yes, I'm talking about Magnolia Trees, with their shiny and lush dark green leaves, with velvety copper undersides.
They are especially popular this time of year for use in floral arrangements and garlands for weddings and wedding receptions. In warmer climates, they are used for decorating year-round.
Yet another old saying comes to mind -- "Stop and smell the roses," and I hope I have inspired you to take time to "stop and look at the leaves." I know I will ... especially this fall.