Tag Archives: Leaves

CMMC March Close-up: Branches in Early Spring

Hanging On to the Past. Big Creek State Park, Iowa. March 1, 2023.

A few close-ups for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge. Not a lot of color, but spring is on the way!

Hint of Spring. Big Creek State Park, Iowa. March 1, 2023.
Spring Is on the Way. Big Creek State Park. March 1, 2023.

CMMC January Alphabet Letter V in Word: Leaves

Golden Colored Leaves. Big Creek State Park, Iowa. November 11, 2021.

Rather than searching long and hard, I decided to stick with a simple theme of leaves for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge of Words that Contain the Letter V. My tree pictures a week ago did not include any autumn splendor, so I am making up for it today.

Ginkgo Leaves. Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. November 5, 2021.
Maple and Other Leaves. Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. November 5, 2021.
Leaves against Sky. Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. November 5, 2021.
Oak Leaves. Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. November 5, 2021.

CMMC October Color Oranges and/or Light Green

A little bit of autumn (2011 and 2021), some Halloween (2015), flowers from three seasons (2016, 2021, 2011), a monarch butterfly (2021) and a view of my cul-de-sac (2021). All for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – October Color Oranges and/or Light Green.

CMMC October Close Up – Leaves

Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – October Close Up or Macro. I put all the photos in one ‘gallery’ so you should be able to enlarge any one of them then scroll through the rest. While you’re at it, you might notice the shapes, the textures, the shadows or the light, and the colors.

CMMC July Color: Brown

My first thought for this week’s Midweek Madness Challenge: “Brown? Seriously? I can’t imagine I have any pictures of things that are brown.”

But, of course, cattails are brown.

Sunflowers and yellow cone flowers have brown centers.

As summer turns toward autumn, pine cones and leaves turn brown.

Another thought: “Like green, there are shades of brown.” Keeping an open mind, I started scrolling through photos on my computer. And found more pictures than I could have imagined!

Chickens Checking Out the Humans on the Patio. April 2021.
Prairie Girl Picture Made of Corn Cobs. Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota. May 2021.
Siding of Permanent Bird Blind. Montana. May 2021.
Trail Sign. Badlands National Park, South Dakota. May 2021.

Thanks for the challenge, Cee!

Raindrops on Leaves on Path

Though it was still heavily overcast, the rain had stopped.

My primary goal was to walk before the day got too steamy.

I took the camera because there was a butterfly garden along the trail and because the theme for the July Squares challenge is rumored to be trees.

The butterfly garden was a bust. The flowers will be beautiful a little later this summer.

Square pictures of trees is proving to be a great challenge. But all was not lost.

Early in the walk I noticed raindrops on fallen leaves.

And I think the shapes of leaves, the shapes of the water droplets, and even the texture of an asphalt path all deserve Another LQQK.

What have you seen recently that caused you to pause to take Another LQQK?

CMMC June Close-Up or Macro Photograph

One of my early thoughts for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge June Close-Up or Macro photo challenge was a picture I took of the bark on a palm tree. But it wasn’t as interesting as I remembered. So I set out this morning to photograph the bark on trees along my usual walking path. (No palm trees here in central Iowa!)

Leaves growing directly from the trunks of trees caught my attention on the way home.

The spider on the underside of the leaf in the next photo was serendipitous. (Don’t worry, Cee, it’s the only one with a bug in this week’s collection.)

Finally, one set of leaves in the sunlight shown from two different angles.

CMMC: April Close-Up or Macro

As I looked at photos I took at Reiman Gardens last Saturday (April 3, 2021), I found three of the same tree that I think work for the April’s Close-Up or Macro Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge.

The shapes and patterns of both the flower buds and the unopened leaves are interesting.

But it was probably the color of the leaves that first caught my eye.

Because I knew I’d never remember it is a Wayfaring Tree Viburnum, I snapped a picture of the identification tag!

CMMC – February Pick a Topic

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge the third Wednesday of February is to use her picture to pick a topic (or two or more!) for your pictures. Click here to see her picture; it shows yard/gardening tools as well as a portable outhouse on a trailer with trees in the background.

Abandoned Outhouse. Neumann Ranch Dump, Montana. August 2008.

In my search for a picture (just one!) with a garden tool, I discovered photos of an old outhouse that had been hauled to the ranch dump. Tipped on its side, it’s definitely no longer in use!

Besides just general messing around with a camera in hand that day, Dad intended to dig a few potatoes. So here’s a picture of a shovel in use.

Digging Potatoes. Garden at Neuman Ranch, Montana. August 2008.

Same ranch, same characters, same intent and maybe the same shovel four years later. This time with trees in the background.

Dad Digging Taters. Garden at Neuman Ranch, Montana. August 2012.

Switching things up, I remembered an outdoor cleanup day at a church that might show some tools. To my delight, I found a photo that shows a bit of fun while getting the work done with a rake.

Caleen with Rake. Muscatine, Iowa. November 2012.

Finally, for a little winter work, here’s a broom and a snow shovel being put to good use.

John and Don Clearing the Deck. Muscatine, Iowa. December 2007.