S.t.P.A. has a photo challenge called “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge” and this week’s challenge is leaves. This is my first time participating in this challenge!
I took this photo at a local park in Des Plaines in June.
Since this was taken, I have moved! I know live at a senior community in Arlington Heights. Here are a few photos I took in the community gardens.
Camouflage (blending in) is a common way in nature for animals to hide from predators or so they cannot be seen. It was hard to spot this eagle at first, because his brown feathers blend in so well with the tree branches.
There’s a giraffe in these woods somewhere…his long neck and spotted coat blend in with his surroundings.
On the other hand, some animals want to stand out to attract a mate with their bright colors. It is usually the male bird that has vivid colors, while the female’s feathers tend to be more muted so she can camouflage herself in her nest. Here is a lilac breasted weaver, who stands out against the sky.
Autumn is a great time to photograph things that stand out. The bright colors of the leaves on the trees, for instance…
or the brilliant orange canopy in sharp contrast with the bright blue sky.
Some things which remain hidden during leafy seasons of the year, stand out once the trees shed their leaves, such as this fairy-tale house in Des Plaines, which I can only get a good photo of in the fall or winter.
And during long December nights, holiday lights and the light of the moon stand out against the darkness.
I almost missed this week’s prompt for Festival of Leaves! I was immediately reminded of this photo that I took last week for exactly that reason: the color on the tree behind the tall yellow one was spotty! Some leaves were still green, but most had turned various shades of orange or red.
Here are a couple more I took on the same day:
This one looks “spotty” but I think it might be the effect of the late afternoon sunlight.
Head over to Dawn’s Festival of Leaves if you would like to participate! She includes some interesting links, including a “fall foliage prediction map” which not only shows which areas are at peak color according to different dates, but it also contains information about why leaves change color!
These photos were taken on October 29 in my neighborhood of Des Plaines, IL, using my Samsung Galaxy S7 cellphone camera.
Dawn loves autumn and is hosting a photography challenge this season called Festival of Leaves. Northern Illinois has finally arrived at its peak color. Here are a few photos of Des Plaines’ festival of leaves. I took these yesterday on a walk after 5:00 pm (official sunset yesterday was 5:56 pm).