Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Hosta leaves






Autumn is well and truly established here in the UK, the leaves on the Sycamore and Maple trees are turning wonderful shades of yellow and red and the garden plants are beginning to die back in a serious way.  We have even had a touch of ground frost in sheltered spots on a couple of occasions.





In spite of this feeling of slight melancholy I do love this time of the year because of the exciting colours, shapes and textures displayed by leaves and flowers before they finally disintegrate altogether.





My favourite plants from this point of view are the Hostas; I am quite unable to resist photographing Hosta leaves in this state of semi-decay year after year.





October is nature’s funeral month.  Nature glories in death more than in life.  The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May.  Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.
                                                                   Henry Ward Beecher

6 comments:

layers said...

yes, hostas are incredible this time of year-- I think more interesting than when they are green-- the get speckled and crinkled-- I have lots in my gardens too.

jgr said...

These leaves are amazing! I love the quotes about Fall, too. It is my favorite season.

merci33 said...

these are so very magnificent!

Kelly Marszycki said...

Ian -- wonderful photographs of the hosta. They remind me of Fortuny silks, those lovely grecian folds that flutter and ruffle with the winds. Be interesting to see them as black/white studies? And I agree, decay can be beautifully intoxicating!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I have literally boxes of hosta leaves in this state, pressed flat and saved over the years. Perfect color palette, lovely "bones". Your photography shows their exquisite curls. Your blog and your work are always enjoyable and interesting Ian. Thank you.

Vanten said...

Wonderful photos, you know take out the best from the minimum things. Best regards.

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