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Life-Leaf story

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  • By Chinese calendar a specific tree can be assigned to each person depending on a date of birth. It is similar to zodiac sign but has different history and tradition origins. It is said, if a person does not have any energy and feeling really bad, he needs to hug his tree to refill some kind of life-batteries.
    First time I read this when I had something like 6 or 7 years. And almost instantly, you know how kid’s mind works, started to ask a questions why ash tree, why tree, why I should hug it. I tried this method and was hugging all the trees around for some time… Let us think, what is tree? Sounds like a quite stupid question, maybe.
    Each person knows and saw start to be hopefully, sometimes at least one tree. Simply defining, a tree is a piece of wood which grows from earth upwards. Additionally, usually trees have some typical elements, like branches, leaves, flowers or fruits.
    One very simple, but very useful physical principle, which is, occasionally, were called on one lecture a western-type-of-looking-at-things by one Japanese professor, when one is trying to study an object with a number of features. If one or few features among them is at a highest interest or have a major appearance, the object may be characterized by these features while others are neglected. We won’t go into a discussion whether it is correct or not, but almost everywhere this principle works perfectly.
    Now let us try to answer a question what is tree, keeping in mind mentioned above. First of all, features related to any tree must be defined. I’m proposing to choose the morphologic parts, such as roots, column, branches a few or a lot, depends on the tree, leaves that one is usually a lot and maybe flowers transformed into fruits if the tree has them. Now, as a next step, we must choose predominant ones.

    Can it be roots? Not for most people and me, simply because they are almost always underground and nobody around not seeing them.
    Maybe it is column? M-m-m…also not, because it is generally the same wooden stick yes, it is different thinkness, color, hardness, skin, but it is still a stick.
    That is definitely must be branches then? If the branches of a tree on somebody’s way growing too low – he may wish to cut them, if they growing too high – one may do not pay attention to them, if they are too dense – one may use it to hide from rain or sun, is there are only few branches – …something must be wrong with a tree, I think. Nevertheless, a main disadvantage of branches to be a dominant feature of a tree, in my honest opinion, is their constant appearance in time. When a tree is young, the growth of branches is, of course, active, but when a tree becomes a bit more mature, from year to year they look the same. There is a very nice definition of specific functions from mathematics: a slowly changing function, when in relatively short times the function can be approximated by some constant.
    Is it fruits, at least? The answer is no, also. A fruit may be associated as the whole tree not when it is on the tree, but while tasting it. I may say that works for me. And, that will destroy one of the main principles of experimental science: try to observe the effect trying to do as less influence on it as possible. Eating a part of an object, quite an influence, no?
    I know all this text is very arguable. But that’s how we do it, motivation goes first. From all of this I wanted you to realize how important a leaf is when a person is looking on a tree.

    At the beginning, I was planning to write some fancy story based on or connected to these photos. Then meaning now I realized the pictures were taken in a different places and time that my brain wouldn’t allow doing such a thing, not to mention I wrote quite a lot already.


    A last thing to mention before I will start to upload photos is that all the photos are taken for last half-year from beginning of April up to now. First I planned to make such a set at about last year-and-half, but, I did not like old photos at all.
  • Secondary, not minor, but additional”. Brno, Czech Republic.
    A small botanical garden is located on the territory of Faculty of Science or vise versa. There are two magnolia trees; I was able to enjoy the blossoms. Years before I was able to see a whole hill of magnolia trees at Kiev National Botanical Garden.
  • Optimism”. Somewhere near Brno, Czech Republic.
    That photo I take lying down on a grass on one of our weekend trips. Now this weekend trips become my small tradition to do.
  • Japanese motiv”. Brno, Czech Republic.
    One more photo from the working hours. While waiting for my friends to go to lunch I saw that a wall of a building before branch with leaves resembles to each other in a natural way. Some Japanese feeling I had at that time.
  • Mystic”. Brno, Czech republic.
    I couldn’t stop myself to do some simple editing to the photo which I normally do not prefer to do. This was taken at the same time as previous, but a bit of contrast and color shining were added.
  • Arabesque”. Trebic, Czech Republic.
    I looked at this photo only after some time and was amazed by it. We were at a small trip to town Trebic, and that is a part of photo a made by randomly shooting dry bushes at the hill where all the town were nicely seen.
  • A pearl shell”. Nantes, France.
    A was walking in the city from morning till evening in a first day after a big 5-day conference. And, of course, I got under the rain in the middle of near-river-running-path. This oak-tree saved me then.
  • Imperciptible”. Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic.
    This leaf was able to look at the ruins of the Strekov castle for the whole summer-autumn period, while all the people spent at that place some minutes, not more… Yeah, I would recommend you to visit the castle with guided tour it less than 2 euro as I remember. The history of the castle is quite interesting, as from the point of its performing a function of a defensive structure, which seems like it was… not.
  • Color fury”. Near Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic.
    A very shiny image. If one will looks there for a long time, his mind might be blown far-far away!
  • A lot of thin leaves”. Somewhere near Brno, Czech Republic.
    I just like this picture. I think there is no story behind, except of we were walking, I was it, I like it, I photoshoot it. Yeah, by the way, that weekend walk was one of the named “BurdsHunting” series. But, you see, that I was not lucky enough to hunt the birds only.
  • Framing”. Somewhere at Brno outskirts, Czech Republic.
    One more photo I made in the frame of BurdsHunting weekend walks. A successful one, this time. :D
  • Ideal society”. Nantes, France.
    Look at these leaves, how equal they are. A lot of guys must be now moving in their graves, they should. A stupid tree is able to do what a smart man can’t. Remembering Orwell’s “1984” an movie “Equilibrium”.
  • A mountain climber”. Crimea, Ukraine.
    There was actually no mountain at all. That is a part of a fence at Vorontsov mansion. But at that particular moment my imagination was somewhere else.
  • Making you sneaky”. Somewhere near Brno, Czech Republic.
    That was one the photos I was eager to take. I waste some time both to find a place and to set-up the camera get it in a way I was satisfied. 
  • The brown crow”. Somewhere near Brno, Czech Republic.
    That old leaf which was not taken by the wind, the outlaw that keeps running away, knowing that one day the wind will blow him down to the ground. 
  • A birch”. Somewhere near Brno, Czech Republic
    A was looking at that picture for 10 minutes, no jokes. I couldn’t name it, all the names were connected to Russia, though I never been there. Nice example of the brainwashing and stereotyping power by mass media. 
  • A statue of a young king”. Palava, Czech Republic
    That for now is the last weekend trip in Czech Republic, and, surprisingly, I was afraid it may not happen. Somehow I got myself into a situation, when I need to reorganize the way I’m doing things. That particular young tree was so proud of its origin. It was at least a count tree.
  • Fly power”. Belgrade, Serbia.
    I think I might have scared some old people, when suddenly stop while walking and start to prepare the camera in the middle of a walking way. A beautiful place in the city is that old Kalemegdan park. This is a thing a Belgrade can be proud of.
  • No fly power anymore”. Belgrade, Serbia.
    This photo I took at around the same time as previous, but a tree was located near the center. You may see a difference. No comment needed, I hope.
  • The last of the Mohican”. Belgrade, Serbia.
    While waiting when somebody will open a door in the faculty I was observing near streets and listening to the raindrops. This leaf drags my attention.
  • Beginning of end”. Belgrade, Serbia.
    It may sound funny, but I made about 100 meters back to take a photo of a leaf. I was amazed how nice one can see a line by which leaf is drying. It is strangely highly symmetrical.
  • Catch a fly on a fly”. Belgrade, Serbia.
    The sun was positioned in a way the green color of the central leaf was so green that I was hypnotized by it. A fly I saw only while looking at the photo on computer. While taking photos no damage was done to any fly.
  • Modern world”. Belgrade, Serbia.
    This photo is one day old. Yesterday I wanted to visit Contemporary Art Museum in the other end of Belgrade. The weather was fine, so I decide to walk. I didn’t want to go through the center of city with shop-streets and traffic. I turned on my built-in GPS which works, and go. One part disturbed me, for 10 or 15 minuted I needed to follow the highway the road service decide to reconstruct, so I had a chance to smell a lot better than car exhausts and listen to noise of all those big machines. Yeah, the funny part, that museum was on a reconstruction. :D
  • Rest in peace”.  Belgrade, Serbia.
    I took that photo before reaching the reconstructing highway. I was walking through some small park with a lot of crows and few magpies. For 10 minutes I tried to catch sneaky bastards, but they were really not human friendly, as usual, though. Then I suddenly found this leaf, so peacefully lying down. After almost nine hours of walking, when I came home when it was dark already, I envy that leaf, so tired I was.
  • You may find out that a lot of other angles, trees, weather conditions and surrounding, but this is a beauty of observing the leaves. It is very diverse object. Yeah, and I’m currently waiting November when will be a lot of leaves so I can punch them as in a childhood. I already saw a street cleaners start to gather them, but it is still about two weeks to wait.

    Enjoy, and do not forget to hug your tree, at least from time to time, in our globalized world we all need it.