Susan says, “Random. That, for me, is what this photo captures. A falling ginkgo leaf is impaled on its way to the ground. So many times we say, ‘It’s not about you.’ Here is the perfect illustration of that. It’s not the leaf. It’s not the twig. Their meeting was random, chance, arbitrary. No matter that the leaf has been stabbed or skewered. No one is to blame. Nor is anyone responsible. I like this photo. It reminds me that sometimes, things just happen!
Lucia says, “I like Susan’s description because it was randomness that caught my attention. I wondered, ‘What are the chances?’ I must tell you the ground was covered with fallen leaves. Then, how did this one get waylaid? Did the wind blow the twig up as the leaf fell down? So I set about capturing the scene. Although, it looks random the photo is not. I composed it so the leaf is off-center and at the top of the frame to give a sense of motion. I saw the curve of the twig as the line for that movement. Yet the other twig on the edge of the leaf stops the action. It’s as if we’re seeing the last frame of a slow motion film. Then I wondered, ‘what happens next? Will the wind tear the leaf off of the twig? Or will it decompose in place?’ Most likely, randomness will end this story.”
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