I found that they had retained a surprising amount of shape after a long harsh winter.
Indeed, I quite admired the graceful way they had curled up as they dried out.
My macro lens let me get in close to the crisp edges that had been nicely highlighted by the low afternoon sun.
I actually came across these leaves around the same time as I gathered up images of bright fresh spring leaves unfurling. Tonight, in the midst of a hectic stretch and feeling a bit used up, I seem to be identifying more with the dried up leaves of last year…