Chaos in the garden

The other day, I was watching leaves being gathered up….no longer using garden rakes, but blowing them into some kind of position instead. So I got a few images, which I think illustrate chaos reasonably well:




More chaos to be found i.


  1. I still rake my leaves, Sue. But I enjoyed this series of shots, and agree that they illustrate chaos.
    ‘Leaf Chaos’ for me is spending forty minutes raking leaves, to then look behind me and discover that there are still just as many falling from the trees. I am told that it is best to wait until they have all fallen, and clear them after that. Such a mess in the meantime though.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Really great work Sue!

  3. I always despised leaf blowers till my son left his old one with me. I see them now as, ultimately, agents of order! But I like your representation of the intermediate chaos.

  4. Leaf chaos is one of the best kinds. 🙂 I understand people using leaf blowers, but I hate the noise and we always rake. It’s a wonderful way to burn calories as well as spend time in nature, quietly (except for the huffing and puffing while pulling a leaf-filled tarp from the back yard to the front.)


  5. I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your leaves about 🙂 🙂 I’d quite like one to play with, Sue 🙂

  6. I’m one of the old-fashioned rake and sweep people. Those blowers are very intrusive. Won’t be many leaves left on the trees after this week it seems. Hope you are keeping warm!

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  8. Very clever, I’d like a go with one of those blowers, it must be fun!

  9. You have explored a great idea here. I like the combination of moving leaves and leaves laying still on the ground. Particularly the second photo is fascinating and beautifully captured.

  10. These are terrific photos, Sue. We’re thinking of investing in a leaf-blower. 🙂

  11. I love that sense of motion!! Good work! ( though I don’t like raking!)

  12. Allan G. Smorra

    Nice photos, Sue and an apt metaphor for life. Some days are like raking leaves on a windy day.

  13. I really like these Sue. I’ve been eyeing a very large pile of leaves and wondering how best to photograph them. These work wonderfully. 🙂

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Adrian! Considering I had literally moments to take these, before the guys shut th leaf-blower off, I was quite pleased with the results. Not sure whether the 2nd or the 3rd is the one that works best….

  14. Wonderful illustrations Sue.

  15. Slow shutter on leaves? Fun captures!

  16. Beautifully thought out, you clever Judd! 🍁🍂

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