Alan Barrett Images | Intimate Landscapes | Floating leaves

Finding myself at a loss one visit to a small state park in Illinois, when I had been hoping for cascading water falls surrounded by autumn colour, only to find no water and that it was too early for colour, I began photographing fallen leaves floating on shallow puddles. Exposing for the leaves darkened the water, such that the leaves gave the appearance of being an arranged still-life on an ebony table - however, the only arranging was created by nature.