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50 Pictures of Leaves Up Close

Updated on November 11, 2011

Have you ever looked at leaves closely? I know I did during biology classes in school but that was such a long time ago. Today, armed with my camera, I began my leafy adventure in the gardens around me. My, oh my, and what a fascinating time I had!

This photo gallery of leaves is intended to capture them up close. Guess what happened? The leaves magically became alive to me! I took one shot and I just couldn’t stop.

Also, I give you the permission to download all these wonderful leaves for FREE! Yes, you can use them if you want to. May I just ask you to please keep my name on the photograph? Indeed, nature is a wonderful gift indeed and it is a blessing to be able to share it to the world.

Photos of Leaves

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Taking pictures of leaves up close is a magical experience. Loved the combination of greens and yellows in this one.This image of leaves makes me feel calm.Aaah, I feel vibrantly green gazing on this tiny leaves.This photo made me reflect that there is beauty in our differences and variety and yet in essence somehow there is something similar.Looking at images of leaves will make someone want to be a botanist someday.  Are you one of them?Savor these dark green leaves.How about some light green leaves?Leaves need sunlight to produce food. Aaah, I can feel the warmth of the sun in this photo.The sun on the leaves gives me a  warm feeling inside.The leaves are not entirely green.  I like this variety too!
Taking pictures of leaves up close is a magical experience. Loved the combination of greens and yellows in this one.
Taking pictures of leaves up close is a magical experience. Loved the combination of greens and yellows in this one. | Source
This image of leaves makes me feel calm.
This image of leaves makes me feel calm. | Source
Aaah, I feel vibrantly green gazing on this tiny leaves.
Aaah, I feel vibrantly green gazing on this tiny leaves. | Source
This photo made me reflect that there is beauty in our differences and variety and yet in essence somehow there is something similar.
This photo made me reflect that there is beauty in our differences and variety and yet in essence somehow there is something similar. | Source
Looking at images of leaves will make someone want to be a botanist someday.  Are you one of them?
Looking at images of leaves will make someone want to be a botanist someday. Are you one of them? | Source
Savor these dark green leaves.
Savor these dark green leaves. | Source
How about some light green leaves?
How about some light green leaves? | Source
Leaves need sunlight to produce food. Aaah, I can feel the warmth of the sun in this photo.
Leaves need sunlight to produce food. Aaah, I can feel the warmth of the sun in this photo. | Source
The sun on the leaves gives me a  warm feeling inside.
The sun on the leaves gives me a warm feeling inside. | Source
The leaves are not entirely green.  I like this variety too!
The leaves are not entirely green. I like this variety too! | Source

STUDY OF PLANTS & MORE

The study of plants, a branch of Biology, is called botany, plant science or plant biology. Botany is a field of Life Sciences which focuses on the classification and physical characteristic of plants.

If you want to study plants someday, you will be called a botanist.

If you want to grow plants, you will be called a horticulturist.

And if you want to study the interaction of plants and animals in an environment, you will be called and ecologist or environmentalist.

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PLANT'S UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS

Green plants play a very important role. Without it there would be no life on planet earth. Animals have the ability to move around so they can search for the food that their bodies require. But plants are different! They cannot move. They just stay in one place. Therefore, one of their unique characteristics is they make their own food!

HOW?

Using the leaves of course! Leaves are the major site of food production for plants. They undergo a process called photosynthesis which means “to put together with light.” The leaves use sunlight and the chemical chlorophyll (found in leaves) to turn water and carbon dioxide gas into sugar and oxygen gas. The sugar is then used to give plant energy so it can grow. What an amazing process!

Therefore, sunlight is so important to plants. If you look closely, the leaves grow in many patterns so they catch as much light as they can.

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COLOR OF LEAVES

A brown color leaf means the leaf is already dead or well, still dying.

Yellow and orange leaves are made possible because of the chemicals called carotenoids found in leaves. They are actually present in small amounts but when the green color starts to fade, they become more visible.

Red and purple leaves are made by chemicals called anthocyanins. This usually occurs when the weather changes in the fall season. Another reason for a leaf to look red is due to leftover food or glucose.

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IN APPRECIATION FOR LEAVES AND PLANTS

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.-Martin Luther

I hope you enjoyed these 50 pictures and images of leaves as much as I have enjoyed capturing them on camera.

I breathe in oxygen and thank God that there are plants around us. Imagine what would happen if plants could not turn the sun’s energy into food, we would have no food. We would have no oxygen.

In remembering this process, I am once again a witness to the marvelous creation of nature. Truly it is a magnificent thing to behold.

And I am deeply grateful.

BY: MICHELLE SIMTOCO

To all plant lovers, place your leafy comments here!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Nice hub ripplemaker, great pictures. I think if I had to study plants, I would lose interest in their beauty, lol, voted up and interesting.

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      NarayanKrishna 5 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

      Beautiful pictures.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Eddie, now that is another interesting perspective! LOL Thank you for voicing that out and for voting this hub up! Love and blessings to you!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      NarayanKrishna, thanks for dropping by to share the beauty of leaves!

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Lovely

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      sidds123450 5 years ago

      Great pics..!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      lambservant and sidds, thanks for the appreciation! :)

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great Hub. Absolutely stunning photographs. Simply gorgeous. Thank you so much for this Hub.

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      Candace Green 5 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Beautiful and relaxing pics:)I love the complex detail found in every inch of natures creation:)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      How generous to offer these for others to use. They are very beautiful and show the diversity of God's creation. And you left off the most beautiful leaf of all -- the one I'm going to write about soon. I'm rather partial to leaves myself. Even the poison ones are beautiful, as long as you don't touch them or eat them.

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle, this is so beautiful! I had little chills on top of my head. LOL. You are good with the camera. I re-learned a few facts about plants, had forgotten.

      Voted up and awesome!

      Hope all is well with you my friend.

      Hugs,

      Marie

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      amirbhunia 5 years ago

      great hub with beautiful picture depiction..... check out and buy my Decorative Christmas collection @http://www.mostphotos.com/realslimshady/albums/680...

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautiful indeed. Nature at it's best and captured by you, ripplemaker.

      Voted up as beautiful

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      excellent photographs, you used i think the macro mode in camera to capture some incredible images. They are all cool and different. voting up and awesome.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Absolutely beautiful photos. I love the symmetry of nature and these close ups of leaves show it so well. The information is really interesting too-- lots of things I didn't know. Thanks Ripplemaker-- lovely album

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      phdast7: Thank you very much. Will be on the go to capture more leaves as I travel too. :)

      singingmommy: Nature is beautiful!!! I agree!!! Thanks for being here.

      WannaB Writer: I know there are still MORE leaves out there. These were the ones around me! :) Now you got me curious as to what your favorite leaf of all is... :)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I've always love plants--flowers in particular, then leaves--they have so much character. Your pictures are stunning and totally beautiful. Rated up.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Violetsun: Marie! It is so nice to hear from you. I've been so busy. But was able to squeeze in some hours to compile more leafy photos! Will keep in touch with you in awhile. :) The leaves are awesome aren't they? Doing this placed me in a state of thankfulness for God's creation. Amazing. Blessings to you my friend. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      amirbhunia: Thanks!

      Ruchira: Lovely to hear from you and thank you for voting this up!

      dinkan53: Do you love taking photographs too? Yes, I use macro mode. :D It's great how one can do this even just using point and shoot cameras. :)

      robie: How are you? It's so nice to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by to share with me the joy of leaves. Blessings to you always.

      anglnwu: Soon...I will start taking pictures of flowers and collect them for a flower photo gallery next time. :) Thanks for rating this hub up. Thank you friend! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I really enjoyed this hub. I is amazing how the leaves look up close. I do some gardening and was aware of this but your pictures really brought it home. Awesome hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Pamela, thank you! Yes it does become magically alive up close as it is beautifully magnificent in real life! Blessings to you dear plant lover!

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      Tina 5 years ago

      Great Job! Did you ever grow a pet TickleMe Plant and watch how the leaves fold up when Tickled? To me the TickleMe Plant is more like a pet then a plant.

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Leaves are so beautiful and so diverse and you have captured the textures and colors so well. I really enjoyed this "tour".

      I had the honor to work with Erica Glasner the TV horticulturist for many years and I learned so much. Learning the botanical names of plants, the favorable conditions for growth, all that was a priceless experience. Thanks for bringing back those memories.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ripplemaker, what a treat! up close you can really appreciate the complexity and colour of the leaf.

      Wonderful hub, thank you.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Green Lotus, wow, that is priceless indeed. Thank you for touring with me... :)

      Movie Master, and my appreciation to your for coming by and delighting in this photo gallery of leaves. Thanks!

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      SEM Pro 5 years ago from North America

      B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L Michelle!!! Thank you so much :) Voted up & shared on fb so your glorious gratitude of nature through the lens can be seen by others too. Even included a few on my desktop - a new smile will be inevitable every time they pop up :)))))

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      SEM Pro: thank you so much Sylvia for your wondrous inspirational words filled with passion! LOL I know this resonates with you -- this theme! :) And keeping some photos on your desktop! What an honor! Thank you for sharing this pleasure with me. Blessings to you my dear friend.

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      SEM Pro 5 years ago from North America

      You know me well my dear :) When I first truly understood and felt "without you, there is no I", I realized my connection with nature had been leading the way all along. Your friendship is among the ultimate blessings of life sweet friend, the honor is mine :)

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      A wonderful idea and splendid pictures. Very interesting.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, flowers get WAY too much attention. As you've shown, leaves can be just as interesting, elegant, and colorful!! What a beautiful collection. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      SEM Pro: Without you, there is no I...fantastic words to sum up our interconnectedness and oneness. I like that! Thank you and thank you for everything!

      Hello, Hello: Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed this collection of leaves. :)

      Simone: And thank you for gracing this hub with your lovely presence. The leaves are happy with the attention! :D And so am I. :D

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Ripplemaker, this is a neat hub capturing lots of great different leaves. I love leaves, and agree with you that we have so much to be thankful for, even our breath alone. All we have and enjoy in nature is a gift, and amazing. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      And thank you oceansunsets for sharing the amazement and wonder of leaves and all of life and nature with me....Blessings.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      That's a wonderful hub with some fine photographs of leaves in their full glory. you have even offered interestings titbits about leaves which are quite informative. As one who has majored in Botany,I appreciate your hub and effort.

      voted up and awesome.

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      bingskee 5 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      this is very useful for everybody and anybody who does research and studies on leaves and plants.

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      dayzeebee 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Michelle, great job in capturing the splendor of mother nature's grand design for everything - small and big. Love that you used the macro lens effectively. Blessings:)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      rajan, thanks for voting it up :)

      bingskee, useful is good! Thank you for dropping by :)

      dayzeebee, nice to hear from you! I am learning to use the camera little by little hehehehe thanks for being here!

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      What i've noticed isn't the beauty of the images, but rather the adept capturing skill of the photographer. Very nice photos and very good quality. Definitely, everybody appreciated you sharing it and are you sure these are free to use? this is just insanely awesome.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yes, feel free to use them :) Thank you for your comment. It made me smile.

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      MM Del Rosario 5 years ago from NSW, Australia

      those are good close-up pictures of leaves. . .you have done a good job and i agree it is a very useful resource for students and teachers....

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      I love the way you describe yourself ~ and the writing and pictures are beautiful ~ you seem very joyful ~ Blessings :)

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Impressive! I love all your pictures and all the information as well. Thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved the croton leaves and others with the raindrops on them. All of these close-up photos are beautiful. Looks like you had fun with your camera! Thanks for this pretty hub.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      What exquisite photography! I also enjoy photographing plants, flowers and bugs - your hub sets the bar pretty high!

      I love the one with the large green leaves covered in dew drops. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello ripplemaker! :) This is a very good hub. To answer your question from earlier, a better camera would probably help with the focus on your close-up shots. However, you still have some really good shots here! Voted up and beautiful! Have a beautiful day! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks everyone for the leafy visit! LOL

      Sgbrown: Thanks for coming over and for taking a look to give me the advice I asked. Hmmmm..will study more... :)

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