"In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous."
I've actually had this leaf on my dashboard for a week now, thinking I should photograph it; when I saw LinderRox's photo in the Our Daily Topic Explored list, I thought, now's the time to do it! I actually stopped at a viewpoint on my way home from work to take advantage of the nice evening light before it disappeared, put the leaf on a white piece of paper, and snapped away. I was getting too many shadows at first, so I switched to holding the leaf in my hand with the white paper in the distance behind it -- trickier, but in the end, effective!
I've always been fascinated by the structure of a leaf, with its primary arteries, secondary veins, tertiary capillaries, almost ad infinitum. This one looks like it's being slowly dismantled molecule by molecule and carted off to the biological recycling center.