Glittering Leaves

Posted on August 28, 2008 by

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Myst - Still Cool

Myst - Still Cool

As we were driving to work this morning, we passed the poplar orchards that line the highway. Poplars are used to make paper pulp, and poplar orchards are fairly common here. This morning, our commute coincided with the sunrise, and the sun shone at us through the leaves of the trees.

Quaking Aspens

Quaking Aspens

With the sun directly behind them, each tree was brilliantly and clearly defined against the sky. But the coolest part was the drive-by effect. You know how when you drive by adjacent trees, your perspective changes so that the branches of the trees appear to rotate past each other? With the morning sun behind them, the passing branches made the morning light glitter as their leaves crossed and uncrossed with each other. It was like light reflecting off water, except coming from the trees.

Aspen Leaves

Aspen Leaves

I have something of a leaf fetish. Maybe it stems from getting glasses back in seventh grade, and suddenly being able to see the leaves in the trees again. But more likely it comes from playing Myst, the first computer game with really cool graphics, and from the After Dark screensaver that made fractal trees. After noticing trees on the computer, I started to notice them in real life. My favorite are quaking aspens. Their leaves are like little circles, giving them an odd confetti sort of texture.

Myst Trees

Myst Trees

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