It has been a beautiful day, blue sky and sunshine, ideal for getting out in the garden and doing a bit of tidying. The trees in front of the house have finally dropped the last of the leaves and the wind has kindly blown them into a convenient heap at the base of the wall in front of the house. I go out armed with the garden hoover only to find they are frozen into a solid lump, with a light dusting of feathery frost.
Time to ditch the hoover and go get the camera. There's a real mixture of leaves, mostly sycamore, but a few beech and selection of others from various other trees and plants from around the garden. The leaves are in deep shadow but the sun is bouncing off the windows at the front of the house lighting them up in patches with a hard, reflected light.
There are muted colours, the frost picks up the blue from the sky which emphasises the cold, the leaves, warm ranges of browns and orange. Plenty of texture to work with too.
I select a few spots trying to get a nice pattern, then try some more stage managed shots, some in shade, some in the light.
I have to be careful not to handle the leaves too much as the frost quickly melts with my touch or is easily brushed off.
After ten minutes I realise this isn't getting the leaves tidied and into the compost for recycling, so I resort back to the hoover and clear them all away, but at least I have a few shots.