Lee H. Rentz - OAK AWAKENING
Autumn leaves are dazzling in their spectacular beauty, but I also find spring leaves enchanting as they emerge from the awakening tree. Every deciduous tree in the north country goes through this transformation from winter sleep to summer work, and it’s that in-between time that I so love. When each leaf emerges, it is fed with water and nutrients from the roots, and it unfolds like origami in reverse. The new leaves are fragile and often have red or yellow or purple hues from pigments that protect the delicate tissues from the sun’s intense UV light. As the leaves get sturdier, chlorophyll is produced and they transform into the green leaves of summer. Meanwhile, I am enchanted by the intricate colors and shapes.
Location: Canadian Lakes, Michigan, USA
Size: 16 x 16”
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This photograph is printed from a digital file on Japanese mulberry paper using pigmented ink. This is a thin paper with long fibers visibly running through the paper, which lends a fascinating texture and look to the presentation. It comes as an 11.5 x 11.5” print, mounted and matted (with a triple-thick white mat) to 16 x 16” using acid-free cotton boards. All materials are archival–designed to last for generations. This is a limited edition of 250 and a signed Certificate of Authenticity is provided.