Tuesday color

I’m in the middle of a couple of projects, plus there hasn’t been a lot to shoot, plus I did enough posts this year not to worry about it, so it’ll be a little slow here on the ol’ bloggoboro. I will probably have a podcast shortly, that I actually did research for (!) so take heart or something. But I’ve been looking at this leaf for a few days now, and decided to feature it when the rain made the color pop a little extra. This is the oak-leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) in the front garden.

extremely red autumn color of oak-leaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia
Yes, it really is that red – this has only been resized, so no editing beyond that, and you can check the colors in the rest of the frame to see that I didn’t even have the saturation settings in the camera up at all. It’s also that big – that’s a regulation size birdbath peeking in there. But that’s why we got these plants: they’re that cool. The treefrogs and anoles can’t blend in with these leaves, though.

On a photographer’s note, the combination of the wet surface and the muted, diffuse light is what brought out the leaf textures so readily, so rainy days aren’t a complete waste.