A low late afternoon sun shines through a heart shaped Cottonwood leaf as it sits so lightly on an outside table.
“ABOUT BLACK COTTONWOOD TREES”
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.