The Bestest Leaves in the World ;) – Sweetgum
My favorite leaves are from the Sweetgum tree. They are a pretty star-shaped leaf, and in the fall they turn the most wonderful colors — from green to yellow to orange to red to purple. It is just wonderful to see.
The Sweetgum tree does not do well here in Santa Fe. Our soil isn’t good for it, and we are much too dry. Every once in a great while I run into these marvelous trees, but they are only a shell of their normal selves.
However, I do keep my eyes open, and about 10 months ago I found a set of four young Sweetgum trees planted in front of a house not far from me. I go and visit the trees every once in a while, and the owners of the house have set up a drip irrigation system for the trees (bless them), so I had hopes that the trees might have some of their glorious good fall color, which really isn’t seen in Santa Fe (our color is primarily yellow).
And to my greatest delight, so far I haven’t been disappointed. I’m not sure if we’ll get the full effect of the leaves, as we’re supposed to get some snow over the next couple of days, but even if I don’t get any more color, I’m more than happy with what I’ve seen so far.
To me, the Sweetgum is the star of the show, so in the photo, I wanted to portray the leaf this way. Also, for reference, this is a young leaf (attached almost directly to the tree trunk), so it’s not fully formed like a mature leaf.
So without further adieu, my favorite leaf, the lovely Sweetgum (shot with my 105mm lens at f/20):
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