Back in the office, but a short entry today while I catch up. I was pleased to see so many new commenters while I was away; please do revisit the previous three entries for additional comments that were in moderation until this morning! My photos from Mexico will start to get thrown into the mix over the next week or so, as I am preparing a presentation on the trip to the UBC Friends of the Garden for November 1.
I notice that the Ginkgo biloba at the front entrance to the Garden is just beginning to yellow. With sunny weather forecast for much of the next week, a few of the lower leaves should start to fall and add their oils to the surface of the nearby pond. Time permitting, I try in some years to take advantage of the rich reflections when these oils are present–blacks are inky and deep, while colours appear more saturated.
I have never seen the oils aggregate in such a manner that they are visibly evident, though my experience is limited to here at the Garden and elsewhere in British Columbia, like today’s photograph. However, in the southwest USA, these oils can form their own patterns and be photographic subjects in and of themselves. For examples, please see Floris van Breugel’s Oil Paintings or scroll through Sarah Marino’s autumn photographs.