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Friday Slide Show: Leaves Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

23 November 2018

We've been spending a lot of time with leaves lately, mainly raking them from Mom's front yard. It got us to wondering what Excire Search Pro could tell us about our photos of leaves. Quite a bit it turns out.

The final collection goes back to 2007 and includes images from several cameras including the Canon PowerShot Rebel XTi/G10/SX110IS, Kodak Slice, Nikon D200/D3/D300, Olympus E-PL1 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

But looking over the full set Excire presented to us (we're sure it wasn't complete but it sufficed for a sample), we wondered if photos of leaves are landscapes or portraits.

Looking them over one by one, we decided they are portraits.

There is a family resemblance, for one thing. Leaves are not flowers. They're leaves. With an important function: photosynthesis:

The process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water. Photosynthesis in plants generally involves the green pigment chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a by-product.

And, as in any family, strains stand out. Personality blooms. Individuality dances in the wind.

A metaphor, perhaps, for the human family's variety -- and similarity to each other, both.

So we thought it would be fun to present them as a slide show the day after Thanksgiving, a holiday when family members are wont to gather around a table exhibiting their quirks and charm in varying degrees.

If you don't see yourself in these images, you just may recognize someone you know.

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