This month was tough! I live in an area carpeted with forest, but getting a unique image was quite challenging.
In this image, a small maple leaf, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) across grows directly out of the trunk of a tree. I've never seen anything like this before. Funny part is, I found it in my front yard!
I like this photo because of the contrast, not only in the way the image was exposed, but also the subject matter itself. The bark is rough and jagged, while the leaf is smooth and silky. The bark is bland and uniform in color, while the leaf explodes with brilliant fire. And while the tree trunk (about 1 foot/30 cm diameter) is strong and mighty, the leaf is tiny and delicate.
Camera Model: Canon 40D
Lens and focal length: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 55 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Sharpness & contrast boost, raised black level, adjusted while balance (DPP), cropped (Photoshop 7)