AUTUMN HEART by Sandy Stewart


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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A low late afternoon sun shines through a heart shaped Cottonwood leaf as it sits so lightly on an outside table.


The leaves are shiny and dark green in the summer, turning yellow/golden in the fall. They are 6 to 12 centimetres ( 2.4-4.7 inches) long, pale underneath and often marked with brown. They vary from oval to wedge-shaped and have a sharply pointed tip.
Black Cottonwood trees are hardy, straight-trunked trees that have large, sticky, fragrant buds. On the coast, black cottonwoods can reach 50 metres ( 164 ft) tall.
Cottonwood trees require ample moisture and plenty of nutrients to grow well. They favour floodplains and moist upland sites with lots of light. They do not grow well in the shade of other species. It is named cottonwood for the white hairs on mature seed which float through the air like wisps of cotton or snow.


Taken on Nov 2/09 at 3:40pm in own back yard. ( South east Vancouver Island) B.C., Canada.
Taken in raw, adobe rgb and aperture priority.
camera; canon 40D
lens; canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens.
tripod; Manfrotto and joystick head.
Taken at 1/100’s, f/9, + 1/3 EV, 250mm, man col bal 6250 kelvin, iso 100.
histogram adjustment in Lightroom and sharpening via lab mode, duplicate layer, lightness channel, unsharpmask ( amount 25, radius 5, threshold1). No cropping.


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  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 5 years ago

    How beautiful this is and how creative you are, Sandy~Lynn

  • Awe,…..thank you so much Lynn! I’m always in awe with how the sun illuminates leaves ect, especially this time of the year. I was running the dogs when I noticed how this leaf was glowing and how the shadow also created an elongated heart shape. I ran for my camera. By the time I got back out, a light breeze was attempting to spoil me capturing it. lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • patriciapen
    patriciapenabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful light and shot… good eye to find this.

  • Thank you so kindly Sharon! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 5 years ago

    Yu have the artistic eye to see such beauty, Sandy~Lynn

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has been featured in
    Earth Keepers

  • Thank you so very much for so kindly featuring this photo in the “Earth Keepers” group Maureen! : D

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 5 years ago

    how cool is this!!!! Beautiful Sandy,,,,,,,,

  • So happy you like this Vickie and thank you so much ! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    I would never have seen this, good eye Sandy, well done and congrats on the feature!!

  • Thank you so very much Marvin! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • ilpo laurila
    ilpo laurilaabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Sandy.

  • Thank you so very much ilpo! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Charles Dobbs Photography
    Charles Dobbs ...about 5 years ago

    Very cool!

  • Thank you so much Charles! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful in all it’s simplicity, lovely composition Sandy

  • Thank you so very much Hawker! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 5 years ago

    Lovely work, dear Sandy!

  • Thank you so kindly Bela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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