autumn windfall

the wonderful colors of fall season

Liquidambar styraciflua, or American sweet gum is a large deciduous tree that drops its leaves in multiple colors of reds, browns, gold’s, and purples in the fall. It is a popular ornamental tree with 5 pointed star-shaped glossy leaves, and hard spiked fruits on its stems. The tree is grown for its hardwood and it has many benefits: the resin excreted from the wounds of the tree has medicinal benefits; the resin or sap can be chewed like a gum. The leaf stems has a menthol flavor and can be chewed in the mouth, as it helps relieve sinus congestion

Every autumn, the nature put on a spectacular display of colors in rich and vibrant hues. This is the peak season for picking wind fallen leaves, and my neighborhood has many sweet gum trees. Many of them have started to change colors and dropping their colorful foliage on the pavement. Here’s a post using freshly picked sweet gum and California pepper tree (Schinus molle) leaves bundled in silk fabric.

sneak peek on freshly steamed silk bundled with sweet gum

peeling away to reveal its markings

mono prints from sweet gum and pepper tree berries

stains markings from rusty copper pipe

pepperberry, or Schinus molle on cotton

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2 Responses to autumn windfall

  1. Marilyn Stephens says:

    Gorgeous, I love the marks and beautiful texture xx


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