October Submissions: Leaves

Welcome to the first day of November! I hope you all have a lovely Halloween. I sheperded teenage boys through our dark, dark streets in search of the much-desired candy loot. I could tell you it’s enough to last until Christmas, but you know it will not. Not in this house. There is no frugality when it comes to sweet treats here!

Please enjoy these delightful and varied leaves. A surprising entrant made a strong and diverse appearance that I was not expecting! The Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)! Not to be confused with the salad accessory known as croutons. This diverse plant is from the spurge family and enjoys a warm, moist climate with dappled light.

These first two pictures (above and below) are from the same Croton plant! By Dinahmow, https://moreidlethoughts.wordpress.com/

This one looks like a Toucan bird.

This collection of three is also provided by Dinah Mow. I like to think she had a fun fashion shoot with her Croton plants. https://moreidlethoughts.wordpress.com/

New growth and some “spoons”

Dinah can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe all the above Crotons have Australian accents as they reside in Australia.


Not to be outdone though, we’ve got this Croton beauty from Southern Florida, thanks to Lisa Troute!

Croton Leaves, no two alike.  Florida, USA Lisa Troute


Continuing up the East Coast of the United States, Welcome to New York! Where Kerfe Roig gives us a quick walk through the leaves of Central Park.

Leaves of Central Park, NY, Kerfe Roig, https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/

I recognize oak, sycamore, and one green aspen leaf on the right, but what is the red one below it?


Now we head to Colorado, USA.

Tracy says: We were hiking to Eaglesmere Lake and it was slow-going as I kept stopping to photograph leaves that looked bejeweled by raindrops. We ended up missing our turn and didn’t make it to the lake that day, but it was a glorious hike. 

Aspen leaves on trail to Eaglemeres Lakes, White River National Forest, Colorado, Sept 28, 2021, Tracy Abell, https://tracyabell.com/blog/

I could tell you that I really like Aspen trees, but I really like a lot of trees for one reason or another. It’s fascinating that a group of aspen trees can be a colony of one single organism. Search the term “Pando” the Trembling Giant for more info.


Jumping across the big pond known as the Atlantic Ocean we head to merry old England…


Red Oak (Quercus rubra) at Blickling Hall, North Norfolk, England – 22 October 2022. IDV (Inexplicable Device) inexplicabledevice.blogspot.com

Just beyond this nice cluster of oak leaves looks like a nice spot for a picnic. If we’re lucky, maybe there are some blueberries left on IDV’s blueberry plant below.


Blueberry (Vaccinium somethingorother) at Hexenhäusli Device, North Norfolk, England – 27 October 2022. IDV (Inexplicable Device) inexplicabledevice.blogspot.com

Such a brilliant shade of red!


Back to the United States again for Mistress Maddie, who never disappoints and provides us with a big, beautiful, big Bigleaf Maple leaf. Honestly, the Scientists who came up with the common naming convention of the Bigleaf Maple weren’t feeling particularly creative that day. I might have called it a “Bearpaw Maple” if it were up to me. That’s 20% more creative, I think.

Bigleaf Maple leaf, New Hope, PA, USA. Mistress Maddie (making me do all the work for this photo caption, tsk tsk) http://mistressmaddie.blogspot.com/


I’ve put Patricia to work in providing us with wonderful poems to close out our monthly Photo Submissions. Like all of you who so generously provided pictures for this one, she also receives my love and gratitude (and when she takes a plane to visit me a coffee to boot!) More important than my love and gratitude though is that you get out there and enjoy the bounty of nature! The beauty of nature is all around us for those who make time to look for it!

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!


Taken on a street by the Old Redmond School House, Redmond, WA. USA. circa 2016. By Patricia Lezama

Embedded messages. 

She loved him, until he lost his last leaf.

Silently she watched it fall, golden and light, resting on the pavement.

She stared at it, then she cried.

How much beauty there is in farewells, she told him.

And she could see how her tears remained undaunted on the fallen leaf.

Breathe and feel the sound she heard.

The stillness of the water becomes a lens to decipher messages from other lands, embedded in the leaf blade.

Thirst is quenched slowly.

Listen to the drops.

Thirst does not exist, she observes.

It is said that she fell asleep hugging the roots of the grandfather tree.

And that in the silence of her dream, he cracked a smile, from which the first leaf of the next season sprouted.



November: Fungi/Mushrooms

Due: November 30th

Pictures will be posted on December 1st.

December: Nature at rest

Due: December 31st

Pictures will be posted on January 1st.

Photo Submissions

Email to: natureledlife@gmail.com

Subject line: Photo Submission for [month] (Multiple months of photos in one email is fine.)

Image: Attached as a .JPEG or .PNG file

Captions for each picture:

Subject in the photo, State/Providence & Country, Date (optional). Your name as you want it to appear, Your blog link (if you have one)

(This will save me so much time and reduce errors if I can copy and paste the photo details and not hunt for blog links, preferred names, etc.)

Feel free to add any interesting notes about a picture. I love stories and learning! Let me know if it’s just a story for ‘my eyes only’ or if I can share any part of it along with the photo.

Thank you!

New Photo Submissions Request: Oct, Nov, Dec

Hello wonderful Nature-Led friends. Some of you have asked to do more and I also love the variety of submissions we get!

Rhubarb Leaf of Culinary Rhubarb plant (R. x hybridum), Washington State, USA Fall 2022, By Melanie Reynolds

October : Leaves

We have entered into the season of Fall for the northern hemisphere and the middle of Spring for the southern hemisphere. Find us a leaf or leaves that capture your imagination!

Photo Submissions Due: October 31

Pictures will be posted on November 1st.

Lewis’ Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii) leaf in October. Washington State, USA Fall 2022 By Melanie Reynolds

I like the way the tinge of green at the lower edge makes it look as if the chlorophyll has drained out of the leaf.


November: Fungi/Mushrooms

Such a fascinating family of organisms we know so little about.

Earthstar mushrooms (Geastrum saccatum) Washington State, USA 2021 By Melanie Reynolds

Photo Submissions Due: November 30th

Pictures will be posted on December 1st.

Unknown Fungi on a rotting stump. Washington State, USA 2022 By Melanie Reynolds


December: Nature at rest

Our most ambiguous photo submission request to date. I live in the Northern hemisphere, so I often think of nature as being at rest or slowed down during the months of December through February, but this is also the beginning of Summer for the Sothern Hemisphere, so maybe not such a restful time there?

Still, I can think of no better nature topic for December and I’m curious to see what you can come up with for such a vague photo prompt. The only parameters are that the picture be taken outside and that a human is not the focal point.

Sleeping Wolf at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah, WA, USA By Melanie Reynolds

Photo Submissions Due: December 31st

Pictures will be posted on January 1st.

Pine Siskins resting on a dormant Hardy Hibiscus ‘Aphrodite’, Woodinville, WA, USA By Melanie Reynolds


Photo Submission – Please Read

Email to: natureledlife@gmail.com

Subject line: Photo Submission for [month] (Multiple months of photos in one email is fine.)

Image: Attached as a .JPEG or .PNG file

Captions for each picture:

Subject in the photo, State/Providence & Country, Date (optional). Your name as you want it to appear, Your blog link (if you have one)

(This will save me so much time and reduce errors if I can copy and paste the photo details and not hunt for blog links, preferred names, etc.)

Feel free to add any interesting notes about a picture. I love stories and learning! Let me know if it’s just a story for ‘my eyes only’ or if I can share any part of it along with the photo.

Thank you!


Have a wonderful week and make time for being outside!

Nature-led Community Photos: A Tree

My sincerest gratitude to those of you who participated in our latest photo submission, A Tree. If you participated in both this photo submission and last month’s submission, Unknown Path, then you have double my gratitude! Please partake of your favorite hot or cold beverage and bask in the glow of my love and gratitude! I hope you can feel it!

A “Beach Tree” on the English coast By Inexplicable Device, https://inexplicabledevice.blogspot.com/

We start our tree tour with this lovely “Beach Tree” interpretation shared with us by Inexplicable Device after he’d switched back from Selkie form.

Not knowing whether I was going to be a stickler for pictures of literal trees only, he also provided us with this dizzying gaze up into some kind of old pine tree. The image reminds me that some tree species can develop such thick lateral branches as to develop their own microecosystems on a single branch! I read about this phenomenon years ago in a National Geographic magazine. I will do further research in an effort to provide a proper post about it, because I think it is a fascinating topic.

A Pine Tree in Norfolk, England, UK By Inexplicable Device, https://inexplicabledevice.blogspot.com/


Aspen Trees North Shore MN USA By Kelli Fika


Banyan Tree, Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL, USA Mary Reynolds


Magnolia tree Southern Pines NC By Cathy Litchfield, https://Grounded-Wisdom.com


Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa, Castle Ward (a National Trust property), County Down, Northern Ireland By Ashley, https://8-arrows.com


Sycamore Tree, New York, NY, USA By Kerfe Roig, methodtwomadness

Bark close-up


Christmas Bush or Pohutukawa (Maori name) or Metrosideros kermadecensis somewhere in New Zeland By Dinah, https://moreidlethoughts.wordpress.com/

Java cassia (aka pink shower, apple blossom) tree Cassia javanica, somewhere in Australia, By Dinah, https://moreidlethoughts.wordpress.com/


North Devon England, UK, Spring 2022 By Ms Scarlet, https://wonky-words.com/blog/


Longwood Gardens, Kenneth Sqaure, PA,USA By Mistress Maddie, http://mistressmaddie.blogspot.com/

Added @ 8:30pm PST – New Addition – My apologies to Lisa. I forgot this was still in my other email box!

Baobab  tree, Botswana, Africa, August 2019.  Photo by Lisa Troute, Jupiter, FL


This concludes our photo journey of trees for the September photo submissions.

Should we do more Monthly Photo Submission prompts?

(*Please let me know if I’ve accidently missed a submission or need to make a correction.)

Exercise: A study in patience

I’m going to pick a tree and take a picture of it during each season. If I take the first picture this week for Fall, by this time next year I’ll have a seasonal progression of the tree. If you like this idea, feel free to do it as well. You can share your tree’s seasonal progression here or post it on your own blog and send me an email, so I know to look for it and reblog.


Thank you for stopping by and being part of the Nature-led community!