Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

September is upon us and today officially celebrates Summer’s last hoorah before the crispy cool mornings and early dusk evenings set in. So what better way to commemorate the end of Summer than with a vibrant collection of foliage captured during a late summer visit to Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens! If you can imagine a wide-eyed gal, cap on head and camera in hand, enthusiastically shooting every possible angle of the garden and persistently pushing through the sweltering heat of a late August day, then you would have an accurate idea of my adventure. Every turn I made revealed yet another astonishing creation of nature! And throughout it all, I simply couldn’t take my eyes off these brilliant leaves.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

As I ventured from one section to another, I kept marveling at the tremendous inspiration that could be taken from each green growth. If I were a textile designer, I would certainly find a way to create patterns inspired by these plants. Just think of these patterns on our clothing or in our interior spaces. And I’m not talking about the outlined shape of an ambiguous leaf…that’s been done many times before. Rather, consider the actual organic repetition of veins, spots and stripes…its stunning!

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

It is a fact, no one can touch mother nature’s mad pattern mixing skills and fearless use of color! ;-) It is completely unique and infinitely original.

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