I am always intrigued at this time of year when the oak trees finally relinquish their fall leaves. The tenacious leaves finally fall, landing on snow and ice being warmed by the new rays of a sun beefing up for its full summer power.
The dark leaf absorbs the sun's rays, melting the snow below it faster than its surroundings.
The cookie cutter outline of the leaf is left in the icy dough
as it sinks into the snow.