Posts Tagged ‘leaf stamp’

autumn trees / プラタナスも色づく晩秋

November 1, 2012

1 September 1994, France
Leaves of Trees
Platanus & Holly

The autumn colour in England is prominent this year.  We drove through Essex and Suffolk last weekend and found a lot of sparkling red and yellow trees, such as Maple, Beech and Oak.  Horse-chestnuts were unfortunately turned into brick-brown during the summer, by a kind of harmful caterpillar.

Now, finally the huge London Plane Tree leaves start to change their colours.  When they are have all fallen, the pavements will be covered by crisp brown leaves and sky above will be opened up to winter blue.  Then, only Holly and conifer leaves will be left in the chilly air.



Maple leaf / カエデの赤

November 9, 2011


14 May 1964, Canada
‘Floral Emblem Series’
design: Harvey Thomas Prosser

The Maple leaf is the queen of autumn colour for me and of course, the Canadian national symbol as shown on their flag.  Even a small Maple tree shows its existence very strongly in this season.

This stamp allows me to imagine the chilly and fresh air of the late autumn in Canada.  Beautifully simple.



Oak leaves and a cat / ナラの上の『黒き猫』

November 8, 2011

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21 September 1979, Japan
‘Black Cat’ (1910) by Shunso Hishida (1874-1911)
layout: Yoshiaki Kikuchi

The cat is sitting on an Oak tree – we are more familiar with straight Oak trees, but sometimes it is bendy and provides a good place for a cat.

The painter Shunso Hishida started to bring innovative techniques into traditional Japanese painting around 1900.  He traveled to India, America and Europe between 1903-05, after which he even tried pointillism – but the Japanese painting authorities did not accept him at that time.  It is a pity that he died young and did not try to stir up the artistic circles further.




Oak and Horse-chestnut / ナラとトチノキ

November 6, 2011

1 September 1994, France
Leaves of Trees

They are both common trees in Europe.  Oak is widely used for furniture and building materials, whilst on the other hand Horse-chestnut, which is popular in parks and on roadside greens, is rarely used for furniture or other purposes.