I love baby leaves, and I usually have to wait until early April to enjoy them, but the recent warm weather here in Massachusetts brought them out about two weeks early. These were the first leaves I photographed in my yard this spring!

Photographed with the Nikon 300S and Nikon 24-120mm zoom lens at 120mm, plus Canon 500D close-up filter.

They look like they’re bursting with life, excited to get the season started, so I gave them a bold treatment:

Layers of Topaz Simplify Watercolor and Topaz Detail Creative Detail Accent, a low-opacity Fractalius layer, and Nik Color Efex Pro 4 Darken/Lighten Center. Then I added the textures to the sky – Absinthe Vert and Evening Veil from Flypaper Textures.

Featured in Gems (March 16, 2013)

Featured in The Group (April 1, 2012)

I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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  • DEGS14
    DEGS14almost 3 years ago

    The beauty in simplicity is amazing. Love the coloring and the post processing work. Kudos!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Stephen!

    – Anita Pollak

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Tracy!

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

    My goodness, what an artistic statement you built from these precious new spring leaves! Very lovely work, Anita! And you are one of very few people I’ve seen use Fractalius with art and subtlety.

  • What a wonderful comment – thank you so much, Celeste. I did have a lot of fun trying to find the right look for these charming baby leaves.

    – Anita Pollak

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 3 years ago

    Very pretty, simple, I like that!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, vigor!

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  • Lynn Starner
    Lynn Starneralmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Lynn!

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  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsalmost 3 years ago

    So beautiful, Anit. The color combination is just fantastic.

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Eby!

    – Anita Pollak

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent Image! 04/01/2012
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  • Thank you so much for the feature, Deborah!

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • Thank you so much, Angie!

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image of renewal……Love it!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Carol!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful work !!! Bravo!!!
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    March 16, 2013

  • Wow, two features today, thank you so much, Deb!

    – Anita Pollak

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