In surrender

Searching for new life in the undergrowth and the bushes today, failed - on the face of it - to deliver any interesting subjects to practice macro photography. I was rather hoping for some insect life to reveal itself.

Instead, my attention was drawn to the dead and decaying. There was a hidden surprise in one of my brown leaf shots which, once on screen, revealed a small head peeking over a curled rim. Alas, the persistent breeze and lack of a tripod delivered an unwelcome loss of focus in the image and so after much deliberation, I have chosen not to post that one.

So instead, you see a different leaf that I was drawn to. In surrender to decay, it is now subject to nature's most practiced of recycling methods and starts the process most delightfully with a mottled effect which must surely be the inspiration to army camouflage.

PS - the corners get a bit lost on white, so view on black if you like
as always, an absorbing narrative, helen. i love all the different tones you've captured here, and the pleasing patterns
posted March 23rd, 2018  
I like that mottled look. Pity the one with the little creature got away!
posted March 23rd, 2018  
I love leaf litter and this one leaf is lovely in its nice detail.
posted March 23rd, 2018  
Lots of detail on this. It's very pretty.
posted March 23rd, 2018  
This is really attractive
posted March 23rd, 2018  
Very pretty shades of colour in this one leaf!
posted March 23rd, 2018  
It has a lovely metallic sheen to it, lovely detail
posted March 23rd, 2018  
Hakuna Matata - the cycle of life. Isn't it great.
posted March 24th, 2018  
When I scroll the photo down so the green disappears it looks like marble. Excellent macro!
posted March 24th, 2018  
I like the subtlety of the tones and patterns.
posted March 24th, 2018  
Viewing on black really emphasises the detail, like a country road map.
posted March 24th, 2018  
Great tones and patterns.
posted March 24th, 2018  
Lovely textures
posted March 24th, 2018  
Great textures and tones. Fav!! 😀
posted March 24th, 2018  
Brilliant textures - it looks almost leather-like.
posted March 24th, 2018  
Nice textures and tones.
posted March 25th, 2018  
mosaic
posted March 25th, 2018  
this seems to me to have some kind of metallic sheen. kinda like an etched glass. aces!
posted March 26th, 2018  
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