leaves, leaves, everywhere

Autumn used to be my favorite season. I still love the cool weather, crisp air, and the bright colors, but this time of year is also a source of panic for me. The fresh leaves I use for printing are rapidly dwindling, and I scurry around collecting as many of them as I possibly can. There are bowls and platters with water submerged fronds, leaves and seed pods everywhere in my house. After soaking I pack them up between moist paper towels in zip-lock bags and stack them in the refridgerator. If I am lucky they will stay fresh for another 3 - 4 weeks, extending my precious printing season a while longer. I admit that there is a bit of grumbling from other family members around here, when the plant packages exceed the amount of food in the fridge...