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Oct. 24, 2012

The Leaf Pile

by Annette Heist

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Hey leaf peepers: Instead of just raking leaves this year, let's put them to use in a leaf-themed, crowdsourced art project. Here's how it works: We'll collect your leaf photos and then, well... we're working on that part.
 
Let's start with gathering leaves. Here's what you need to do:
 
1) Find a leaf. 
2) Take a picture of it against a black background. 
3) Jazz it up in Instagram or Best Camera or something similar, if you want. 
4) Upload it to our Flickr group SciFri/leafpile, and tag it as scifri-leafpile. 
 
Make sure your set the image in Flickr to "Anyone can see this photo." You can change that setting by editing the box underneath the photo. See the Flickr screenshot below. 
 
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If you can't upload to Flickr, email your photo as an attached jpg to photos@sciencefriday.com. (Put the word "leaf" in the subject line. Please keep the attachment under 1MB and include your name.) 
 
Your shot should look sort of like the one above. The goal is to collect as many tree species and colors as possible. The leaves don't need to be perfect specimens, just whatever catches your eye.
 
Check back here to see "The Leaf Pile" grow.
About Annette Heist

Annette Heist is a former senior producer for Science Friday.

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