Last summer I took notice of several Mimosa trees (Albizia julibrissin) or Persian Silk Tree, growing along the highway on my daily commute. By the time I got around to taking photographs, I had unfortunately missed the end of the flowering season in mid-July. This year I was deliberate about sleuthing out the best morning and late afternoon Mimosa tree candidates.
Initially, I intended to feature the lovely magenta-red flower clusters in contrast with the dense, dark green bi-pinnate compound leaflets. However, after following my color treatment, my monochrome workflow revealed a strikingly different composition.
As widely observed and commented on, monochrome elevates the composition’s lines, shapes and textures across a range monochromatic tonality. The increased monochrome visual impact in these compositions comes from the Mimosa tree’s fascinating leaflet and flower architectures. In previous posts, I’ve discussed how fractal geometry and Fibonacci numbers (e.g. Golden Mean, Golden Spiral, etc.) is expressed in the patterns found in plant structures (phyllotaxis).
The Mimosa tree was introduced to the United States over 250 years ago. Today its widely considered to be an invasive species and is opportunistic across many different soil conditions. Its numerous seed pods are easily spread and remain fertile over long periods of drought. It’s not surprising then to find so many specimens occupying the treeline along well-traveled roadways across the US.
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