SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 005

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

These posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer two smallish galleries, one with 26 photos and one with 22 . . . and one small gallery with only 12 photos. It’s all about leaves . . . and dead leaves. And some other dead stuff. Now, I know we’re getting into Spring soon, so these seem ill-timed . . . unless you’re at the bottom of the world, where everything is backward and upsidedown.

The three posts associated with the galleries are HERE, HERE, and HERE. You’re welcome to click on the links and read how much cleverer I was nine years ago.

Meanwhile, let’s get to the photos . . .

Those aspens were in my yard at our Monument, Colorado, house. What people don’t know about Aspens is their leaves try to mimic extinct dinosaurs (as opposed to living ones).

For instance, here’s one of the leaves perfectly mimicking the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

OK, maybe a cartoon version of one, but not bad.

Sometimes, they’re big drama queens, making sure people know they are dead (closed eyes, tongue sticking out).

That particular gallery has a couple of photos from a perspective I hardly ever try . . . ground level.

I thought they turned out pretty well.

Next up, shots from a small experiment I tried . . . I gathered up some leaves and pressed them between two glass plates. Here’s what some of them looked like . . .

This next photo is of dead flowers from a Bluebeard bush (these weren’t pressed) . . .

Sometime later (about a month) I had a monochromatic urge . . .

Wait, let me back up a bit . . . I had saved a couple of clematis flowers (dead ones) and did a little family scene between parent and child . . .

And, yes, I also included a few of the pressed leaves . . .

. . . but, since there are so few photographs, I don’t want to link them all here . . .

. . . so here are the links to the slideshow for each of the SmugMug Galleries.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. I left the captions on for them who might want to read them. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos, or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of the Fall Foliage 2013 Part I gallery (26 photos)

Slideshow of the Fall Foliage 2013 Part II gallery (22 photos)

Slideshow of the Dead Stuff in Black and White gallery (12 photos)

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