Leaves, but not of Grass

vegetal dancers

Vegetal Dancers - 2011

Despite the extended drought in Florida, the diversity and beauty of the plant life is stunning. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, where these original images were taken, is a wonderful place to see some of these plants.

A light rain had just ended, providing an extra sheen to the already shiny leaves. The top image is of a plant I cannot name. But as I worked with it, the texture and colors of its large leathery leaf began to look like the arms and legs of dancers hidden in a wet translucent mass. The second image is a much more straightforward presentation of one of the many varieties of large philodendron that thrive here, some of which have leaves that are dream-like in their own right.

Philodendron

Philodendream - 2011

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8 Comments on “Leaves, but not of Grass

  1. Oh, yes, you are settling in nicely! I love how you illustrate the water in the first image.

    And, that exquisite violet in the second–wow. Definitely dream like as you say.

    Looking forward to more!

  2. Thank you, Melinda. It feels good to start to have some time for something other than moving and getting settled! And I still don’t know where that violet came from… it just showed up and wouldn’t leave.

  3. I usually leave the leaves for plants … but then I find leaves are on plants also. hee hee!

  4. You know, planetross, if you leave the leaves alone for a while, the plants will leave enough leaves for you for lunch later!

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