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Leaf detail

Autumn leaf. Close-up of the surface of a maple leaf (Acer sp.) showing autumn colour. The green pigment chlorophyll has been broken down in most places, revealing red and yellow pigments which are usually hidden. The veins can be seen as a pale network against the coloured leaf. The leafs main vein, the midrib, is seen running down centre

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Media ID 6289673

© ALAN SIRULNIKOFF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Autumnal Break Down Chlorophyll Colour Degredation Maple Veins Venation


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the intricate details of an autumn leaf, showcasing nature's vibrant transformation. The close-up shot reveals the surface of a maple leaf (Acer sp. ), adorned with stunning autumn colors. As the green pigment chlorophyll breaks down in most areas, it unveils hidden red and yellow pigments that create a mesmerizing display. Against this colorful backdrop, delicate veins form a pale network across the leaf, emphasizing its unique venation pattern. The focal point of this image is undoubtedly the leaf's midrib – its main vein – gracefully running down the center. This central feature serves as a reminder of nature's meticulous design and functionality. Each element within this photograph highlights both beauty and scientific significance. Through this visual masterpiece, Science Photo Library invites us to appreciate not only the aesthetic appeal but also delve into botany and plant science. It prompts us to ponder upon processes such as chlorophyll degradation during autumnal changes in foliage coloration. This remarkable print encapsulates alluring aspects of our natural world while simultaneously encouraging curiosity about botanical wonders and their underlying mechanisms. It serves as an exquisite testament to Science Photo Library's commitment to capturing breathtaking moments from nature without any commercial intentions in mind.

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