Canon 300D Rebel, handheld
Mamiya 80mm at f11
1/160 second at ISO 200
rust against black

I was specifically out chasing autumn colors, as well as anything else I might find, when I came across this little tableau and couldn't let it pass. The blackened supporting plant is not evidence of a fire, but simply how this particular weed reacted to the encroaching winter, and the red leaf really had fallen right there. The natural contrast between stark monochrome and the faintly-backlit fall color was irresistible. It almost looks like a selectively colorized image, evidence of digital tomfoolery, but this is exactly as it came from the camera. The near-overcast conditions helped quite a bit, and such lighting is often much better for fall colors anyway.