Spring in eastern North America.
The woods are bare and mostly colorless. Everything is set in tones of brown and gray. The only glimmer of gold are the desiccated leaves of the American Beech, which refused to yield to the assault of winter. The younger trees, in particular, retain their copper-toned leaves until spring.
The leaves are exposed all winter to the harshest mix of conditions: rain, sleet, snow, ice and wind. The leaves endure until all that is left is a translucent paper shell that glows in the spring sun.
American Beech leaves at the end of winter
Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.
Rigaud Mountain, Quebec. Canada.
XF 100-400mm lens @400mm
1/220 @ f/5.6
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