I love fall leaves. We don’t get the rich, variegated colors here that are found in New England, but we still get some pretty leaves. Yesterday (Saturday) when we were in Healdsburg, there were vast quantities of leaves on the ground in the square, and there was a family with young children who were playing in the leaves. When I say playing, I mean they were really into it…literally! There were so many that it was like the proverbial pile of leaves and the kids were throwing themselves onto the leaf pile with reckless abandon. Later when we were walking past the pile of leaves again, we heard a haunting sound….”Ooooooooo! Ooooooooo!” coming from somewhere inside the leaf pile. One little blond-haired girl, somewhere around 5-6 years of age, had totally buried herself inside the leaf pile and was making scary sounds. I’m not sure if she was making those sounds to try to frighten passers-by, or just to make her mom and dad laugh, but it was cute! Her mom was urging her to “Jump up!”, but she didn’t. Instead, after a short while, she stuck her blond head up and out of the leaves. It was precious…and a reminder of the joyful escape that young children can find in nothing more than a pile of leaves! I remember playing in leaf piles like that in Iowa as a young boy.
Today’s photo is, as you may have guessed, of a leaf. While you might look at this leaf and think it is a macro shot (an intense close-up made from a few inches away), you would be mistaken. This leaf was still on the tree and it was up about 10-12 feet above the concrete sidewalk. I happened to have my 70-300mm telephoto zoom on and I thought it would be interesting to shoot the leaves on the tree as I looked up toward the sky. I rather liked the result on this leaf – and that’s why I’m sharing it with you today!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1983, terrorists drove a truck load of TNT into a United States barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 240 Americans. A simultaneous attack at another location also killed many French citizens.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: artist Xavier Roberts first designed some dolls, originally known as “Little People” but later as Cabbage Patch dolls, as a way to pay his way through school. They were made by hand and featured soft hands and faces that set them apart from the hard faced/handed dolls that were mass produced. With all the money he made on them, I’m wondering if he ever felt the need to finish school!