Art resource link: Aesthetic Arrest, an article from painter Robert Genn of The Painter’s Keys on artworks that create moments when an “innocent viewer is stopped dead in his tracks and has no choice but to stare in awe.”
I’m not certain what the term might be for the similar moments when plants evoke the same feeling of awe. Botanic arrest? Or, perhaps, aesthetic arrest can also be applied to plants. Whatever term is used, today’s photograph is a mere shadow of what it was that made me stop and stare. The element that is missing is motion; in a breeze, laceleaf maple flows like a waterfall or a flock of small birds in flight. It is certainly deserving of a Freeman Patterson approach in the future.