Dead leaf – sunstruck – in our garden; 8 Aug 2015.

Death in a garden, made bright by the rising of our star.  A last remnant, holding on, still beautiful, defying Earth’s incessant pull.

And I killed it.  Why?  Well, that’s a sharp thorn on the stem just below the leaf –  this a the branch of a bramble.  And were I not to keep these barbed bushes in check, our garden would soon be overwhelmed and impenetrable, to us at least.

And do we – “us” – merit this slaughter, or should we just let Nature takes it course?  This is a question that I sometimes wonder about.

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D700 with 105mm Nikkor; 400 ISO.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Finding beauty in death. You’ve made it sound poetic. I like it ❤️✌🏼️ Pretty in sun struck gold.

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  2. paula graham says:

    I am afraid everything needs some degree of management…and brambles certainly do! Nicely crafted photo of remnant.


  3. bluebrightly says:

    We can only try to be very sensitive to all possible ramifications of the changes we make. Animals change their environment too, so it’s not “bad” to modify the world, right? Maybe sometimes the incredibly heavy-handed way we’ve manipulated the world is so disturbing that one feels obligated to refrain from ever pruning one more bramble. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, thanks, good point about the things that animals do, tho I suppose those are “natural” changes, changes made re some or other aspect of their survival, whereas the wellbeing of our garden is more of a whim, perhaps just me thoughtlessly conforming to UK life. 🙂


  4. I love the lighting Adrian!


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