Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 306: Fading

Day 306: Fading, originally uploaded by susanvg.

The leaves that have fallen are losing their colour and fading. I remember as a child, we tried to preserve leaves to keep their vibrant colour all year long. Sometimes we would melt parafin wax and dip the leaves in. It certainly slowed the drying, but eventually the leaves became brittle. Other times we pressed leaves in books or ironed them between two pieces of waxed paper. When my children were young, we made placemats with clear "mactac". We peeled the backing off the mactac, carefully places the leaves and then sealed them in with another piece of mactac. We enjoyed using the placemats, but the leaves slowly faded.

I guess the best way to preserve the colour is through photography and through memory. And, unfortunately those too may fade. But fortunately, each autumn we get to experience, once more, the glory of the changing leaves.

Fallen Leaf


  1. I think we're very fortunate to live in a place where there are such dramatic changes. There's always something to look forward to.

  2. Photographing the season does give way to an appreciation of the sight not only with the present experience, but also as a way to appreciate it in the past. But the cycle has a way of 'repeating itself'.

  3. Your mind does work in metaphors, Susan! It makes mine do so, too - good mental exercise so my mind doesn't fade!

  4. I can't think of one season without comparing it to another. During Winter I think ahead to Spring. For me, Autumn is the most interesting and contradictory season, putting out so much dramatic beauty in its dying stages. Like a last spurt. Here in Australia, Spring is a mixed blessing, with many people suffering from hayfever. We're about to have several days in a row with temperatures over 30 degrees celcius. I'm not a fan. Thanks for your wonderful posts.