I spent a few rewarding hours in my local botanical garden the other day. Famous for rain, Seattle was clear and sunny; the angled October light cast deep shadows on the brilliant stained glass colors of fall.
The back of this Dahlia was as joyfully pretty as the front.
A mushroom – looks like an Amanita – hid behind a fern frond.
We’ve had a lot of sun, but as always we are VERY mushroom-y here in the Pacific northwest!
The season’s last roses are so sweet – this one is a climber with a fruity scent and perfectly round blooms, some of which dropped prematurely onto the ground below, scattering lovely pastel petals.
Oh, the complexity of fall color!
Grasses go to seed in shimmering drifts.
Hydrangeas were beginning to brown. With the color removed from the petals, the structure is revealed beautifully.
In contrast to the orderly structure of a Hydrangea petal, these leaves displayed a marvelous anarchy of form.
And this one had been caught mid way between limb and earth.
Another leaf burnished by autumn’s chiaroscuro light.
But it’s not all fall leaves and mushrooms. There are straightforward floral beauties still to be found, the late bloomers, the brave ones who raise heads to waning light in defiance of cold and dark and the sure slipping away of leaf and flower….
The photos, many of which illustrate the idea of chiaroscuro, were taken at Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue, WA.
From Wikipedia: Chiaroscuro (English pronunciation: /kiˌɑːrəˈskjʊəroʊ/; Italian: [kjarosˈkuːro]; Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.