Winter – Ghost Leaves

The colours on the hillside are changing now from their glowing autumn shades to the darker hues of winter. Nature’s astonishing architecture is becoming visible everywhere, in the bare branches of the trees, the hips on the rose bushes, the cones in the evergreens and in the fallen leaves which carpet the garden.  On our lunchtime walk today Freddie the labrador and I stopped to pick up some special winter treasures which we found sheltered beneath a particularly widespreading yew tree in the garden.  The leaves from the nearby lime trees seem to collect here and unlike the other leaves which become brittle and dusty the lime leaves remain pliable, gradually shedding their fabric to reveal the intricate construction beneath.  Thousands of miniature sculptures resembling finely wrought filigree silver or the very finest lace, they have become magical ghost leaves……………………….

 

 ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

 

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    1. Many thanks Maverick!

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  1. Just beautiful, stunning!

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    1. Thankyou so much! I really appreciate that 🙂

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  2. Now you know I like your photos…Virtually everything you post is extremely pleasing on the eye….
    BUT…
    These are exceptional!
    I think my favourite of your posts…What a great way to end the year.
    Have a lovely Christmas Jane.
    Stuart
    x
    (Should you wish to send me a signed print, No6 please… 🙂 ) (( A2 will suffice)) (((Maple frame))) ((((Thanks))))

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    1. If I knew where to send it I’d send one straight away sh, so flattered am I by your lovely comments 🙄 🙂 I really am delighted you like these, I confess I was pleased with the way they turned out except for the header image which I liked but should have increased the depth of field to keep it all sharp 😦 May have another go! I think your selection would be my favourite too, couldn’t decide on colour or washed out mono but think it best in mono.
      I wish you also an extremely merry festive season sh Hope your first term has been all you hoped for 🙂
      Joyeuse Fêtes 🙂 Jane x

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      1. Joyeuse fetes yerself lass……. 🙂
        xx

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  3. These are all lime leaves? Fascinating, Jane, and hauntingly beautiful. But then again, I’d expect nothing less to pass through the lens of your camera. You have a way of taking the everyday and making it extraordinary.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Sorry Shelley I seem to have missed this comment and Christmas seems years ago already! Thankyou for your kind words, yes these are all lime leaves, quite different from other varieties and they seem to remain in this state for ever! 🙂

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  4. west517 says:

    How EXCEPTIONALLY beautiful Jane! I can’t believe I missed these– like Stuart, I love all your posts, but these are just GORGEOUS… the skeletal look and feel of the leaves… delicious! Perfect post for entering winter… love, love love. 🐻 ❤ ❤

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    1. Thankyou so much west! 🙂 I’m really pleased you like them – they are the most amazing objects and they seem to last for ever in this ethereal state! 🙂

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  5. Hey M De M
    just realised you’ve been missing from the blogosphere for almost as long as I have.
    Hope you’re well and whatnot.
    x

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  6. Hey sh, Thankyou for asking. I’m afraid I’m really rubbish at the moment , my beloved Mum died on Sunday and I confess I am rather lost. Hope to be back soon with something she would have liked. Hope that you’re OK and that your second term is starting well. Jane x

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  7. pndrgn99 says:

    Wonderful pictures and an opulent site.
    I like all of your pictures although I have to admit the monastery is my favorite as I am lover of older architecture, building with soul that is lost from modern constructions.

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    1. Many thanks Pendragon – I quite agree with you about ancient buildings, history is precious 🙂

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      1. pndrgn99 says:

        Yes and too few are saved. In the US it is colonial houses, shops and ancient barns. (Ancient in the US being pre-1800) 

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  8. alexraphael says:

    Soft, gentle, sensitive, lovely

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    1. Much appreciated Alex ! I shall call on you for a visit too!

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      1. alexraphael says:

        Hope you like what you see 🙂 I’ve got some photos from Brittany, but so much more of France I need to see.

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    1. Hi Douglas! Just returned to my computer and found a good fairy had been to visit and reblogged my post! Thankyou so much!

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      1. moorezart says:

        You are so welcome! So exquisite, so sensitive, so beautiful!

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  9. My heartfelt thanks Douglas!

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