The Red Leaf © William Britten use with permission only

The Red Leaf © William Britten use with permission only

I went out one drizzly weekend in October and took a series of Smoky Mountains photos of autumn leaves. They were taken on on various trails in the Smokies. The series became a signature collection of four, with the red sourwood leaf being the center of attraction.

The Red Leaf evokes the zen concept “all of Autumn in a single leaf.” The image has almost mystical qualities when seen in person, with a 3-D effect that has literally hundreds of people touching the picture each year to see if the leaf is curling off the page.

The Red Leaf  is part of a set of 4 that I group together. The full set is shown in the image below, with the Birch Leaves in a Stream shown upper left, Maple Leaves on Moss upper right, and Sweet Gum Leaves lower right. The photos are mounted on frameless panels and hung very close to each other to form a very bold and colorful statement. Each of the panels is either 12×18″ (making a 24×36″ grouping) or 16×24″ (making a 32×48″ group).

Further details of sizes and pricing of the set or individual photos can be found on the How to Buy page.

Leaf set panels in William Britten Gallery

Leaf set panels in William Britten Gallery

If you are in the area, please consider a visit to see the complete display of Smoky Mountains Photos at the William Britten Gallery along the historic Arts and Crafts Trail on Glades Rd in Gatlinburg, TN.

Set of 4 Leaves in a Stream © William Britten use with permission only

Set of 4 Leaves in a Stream © William Britten use with permission only

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  1. Janet Moore

    We still enjoy the 4 leaves and one of your trees/water scenes we have on our wall. I think it would be tough to get them away from my husband. He has declared them his. In fact, he would probably grab them off the wall before some of his expensive water colors paintings if he had to choose. Yes, both are favorites according to this web site. I agree.

    Guests always ask. So I am now referring them to your web site.

    I have my eye on the river in the rain. Maybe we will visit you next Fall and bring it home, especially if it is available with the barn wood frame.

    Talk to you again.

    janet moore

  2. Janet Moore

    Oh I forgot to tell you. Our guests last night were so excited about the leaf with the drop of water, I thought she would cry when I put it away. It is down because we are painting. Something in that shot went right to her soul. Congratulations on taking such a shot.


  3. Bill

    Thank you Janet! I appreciate hearing those kind words.

  4. Yvonne Richardson

    Hello. I really admire your work. I am a teacher who loves graphic art of any kind (whether it be textile in quilting, drawing, painting, photography….) One day while sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream in Pickens County, SC, I was videotaping the movement of light across the water because I loved the way the rocks looked in contrast. I actually caught my boyfriend catching a trout. Your work is evidence of your immersion in the simple beauty which is all around us. Thank you.

  5. Bill

    Thanks for the kind words, Yvonne!


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