Leaves - Ryan Taylor

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Red Leaf Laying on Green Leaves

Cox Arboretum Metropark, Dayton, Ohio

"Colors are light's suffering and joy” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Cox Arboretum features a diverse set of habitats and features, from a spectacular tower to climb and overlook the whole area, to prairies and deep woods. A permanent waterfowl blind is set up near a small pond to view from (or in my case to photograph.) Not only that, but that dazzling array of wildflowers that bloom in the gardens every spring and summer. Along with the color coded trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Towards the end of the day, this single subject caught my eye along the wooded panoply of leaves and other objects. Quite the simply the calm and still nature of the arrangement interested me. I did nothing to manipulate the leaves, this is as candid as it gets. To top it all off, the contrast of the red leaf against the greens is a nice touch. This image feels right at home having a motivational quote at the top. What would you say?

Like a leaf unwilling to fall, refusing to grace the ground like the others. A defiant attitude of never giving in or never giving up. We should all aspire to be as such.

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