Sunday, November 9, 2014

Leaf stamps!


Mysterious and ghost-like, they seem to appear out of nowhere.

I've been noticing a lot of these leaf images while walking to and from work…..


Usually after an autumn rain or when the ground is especially cool and saturated.

But they're not just watermarks from fallen leaves because they linger on the sidewalk for several days or longer--well after everything is dry again.


The best way to describe them is the residue of each leaf mixes with the wetness underneath it, creating a sort of stamped impression on the pavement. Cool!

They remind me of primitive, prehistoric markings.

Now I find myself scanning sidewalks and searching for more.


How many of these "leaf stamps" have you seen lately?

4 comments:

Randuwa said...

Many years ago, I owned a white Isuzu pick-up. I left it in the care a friend while I traveled for two months in Africa. He left it parked in his side yard under several Silver Maples who proceeded in season to cover it with fallen autumn leaves. The result on the hood, roof and everywhere was the same! But what didn't wash away, faded in the ultra-violet light of the sun.

There are all Silver Maple leaves, too.

naturgesetz said...

I've occasionally noticed some on the back porch, as well as other places I go.

Good pics.

Puzz TM said...

So cool! Like finding Nature's fingerprints...

Dean Grey said...

Randuwa!

Wow, I bet yours was the coolest vehicle around when that happened.

Randy's leaf mobile!

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naturgesetz!

Glad you're seeing them too. :)

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Puzz TM!

I like that term "nature's fingerprints"!

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I appreciate you three gentlemen stopping by!

-Dean