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"a first fall leaf, flame red"
"a first fall leaf, flame red"

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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Rowe Woods, Cincinnati, OH
Date: Oct 21, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Textures
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2008

"Grackles, Goodbye"

Black of grackles glints purple as, wheeling in sun-glare,
The flock splays away to pepper the blueness of distance.
Soon they are lost in the tracklessness of air.
I watch them go. I stand in my trance.

Another year gone. In trance of realization,
I remember once seeing a first fall leaf, flame-red, release
Bough-grip, and seek, through gold light of the season's sun,
Black gloss of a mountain pool, and there drift in peace.

Another year gone. And once my mother's hand
Held mine while I kicked the piled yellow leaves on the lawn
And laughed, not knowing some yellow-leaf season I'd stand
And see the hole filled. How they spread their obscene fake lawn.

Who needs the undertaker's sick lie
Flung thus in the teeth of Time, and the earth's spin and tilt?
What kind of fool would promote that kind of lie?
Even sunrise and sunset convict the half-wit of guilt.

Grackles, goodbye! The sky will be vacant and lonely
Till again I hear your horde's rusty creak high above,
Confirming the year's turn and the fact that only, only,
In the name of Death do we learn the true name of Love.

-- Robert Penn Warren

Place: 371 out of 484
Avg (all users): 5.3593
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 5.2500
Avg (non-participants): 5.6269
Views since voting: 685
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 231
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 11:59:14 PM
LOVELY IN ITS SIMPLICITY; ;ighting is really nice!
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01/26/2008 12:53:27 PM
I really like the colors and the textures here, and you have captured the incredible delicacy with which the light shines through the leaves. Wonderful.
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01/23/2008 09:05:29 PM
Great shot being able to use natural lighting to create a photo. The coloring is wonderful.
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01/22/2008 06:50:31 AM
Lovely gentle colours and clear detail.
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01/22/2008 05:29:47 AM
first image of a leaf I have seen, a good one too
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01/21/2008 06:10:13 PM
nice shot...evokes a feeling of warmth
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01/21/2008 12:41:32 AM
Focus is well done. The image is not that special. I may have tried to bump up the red and green a bit just to get a little more contrast. Good Luck. 5.
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