The Lonely Leaf

Challenge #5 in the Creation! series. Hosted by James A Rinner.
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We have all seen it at one time or the other; a single leaf that seems to make a statement or just strikes us as unique. Because that first visual image caused us to shoot the leaf please keep post processing to a minimum. IF YOU ENTER THIS CHALLENGE PLEASE VOTE! If the voters are too few then an entry can win by just a few of the submitter's friends voting for it.
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Tender young leaves on the trunk of a broadleafed mahogony highlighted by the afternoon sun caught my attention one day, but I didn't have my camera. Upon my return half an hour later the sun was already covered by thick clouds. So I returned the next morning to take a series of photos. This is the one I like most. It contrasts the fresh tender green leaf with the scaly, weather-beaten bark. The picture says to me that many grumpy old folks were once tender and young like this leaf.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 11th September, 2012 07:12 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 6th September, 2012
Focal length: 43 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F10
ISO: 500
Notes: The lens was set at macro mode.
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