52 Project, Week 21: Simplicity

52 Project, Week 21: Simplicity

When I think of the word “simplicity” I think of nature.  Nature is an incredibly complex system, but being outside, in the woods, is where I feel peace and quiet.  When I am outside, surrounded by God’s creation, life seems simple, and less stressful.

I marvel at the diversity and beauty of all of the things growing and living in the woods.  I like to stop and capture some of my favorite finds.  Mostly, I photograph flowers.  I also really love finding mushrooms and different types of moss.

Trees have always held a special place in my heart.  There’s so much to love about them.  They are the lungs of the Earth, cleaning our air.  Some even look like lungs!  They give shade on a hot summer day.  Their leaves are beautiful and ever-changing.  Watching them grow from buds in the spring, to big leaves in the summer and seeing the brilliance when they lose their green in autumn is a marvel to behold.  Pine needles create a soft carpet underfoot when they shed or give a bit of color to a landscape in the winter.  Even the bark of trees is a unique style for each tree.

When I came across this leaf in the woods, I was instantly stopped by its brilliance.  The green popped out on the dark path.  It was decorated with either drops of rain from the recent storm or morning dew.

Editing the image, I could imagine it as a large print on my wall.  The image itself didn’t need editing as it was already beautiful, just as it was.  However, I do take all of my images RAW, so I had to make a few adjustments before converting it to JPEG, as I do all of my images.

I hope you enjoy my leaf in its simple splendor!  If you were to capture something simple this week, what would you choose?

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