You could view these leaves as representing two scenarios — they lay marking the better days of a past when things were warm and green or they lay awaiting fresh beauty and better days soon to be.
In passing with a quick glance you might embrace either choice, looking back or looking forward, thereby missing the beauty of the present moment. And it would be a shame to miss such a beautiful moment
This photo was made this past January on one of my forays into the local woods. Melting frost provided deep color saturation giving visual life again to this one large leaf amid smaller kin — its singular simplicity amid the chaos of the smaller leaves draws the eye. Perhaps a lesson there for each of us in these chaotic times.
I did minimal post-processing with a little sharpening.