Above is a sketch of the sapling created half on the tan book facing, half on smooth hot press watercolor paper in my sketchbook.
I also realized, I only noticed these details because I was watching for color so I could paint them! We certainly take in our world differently when we see it through our artist eyes!
Visit my blog post on enjoying movement and surprise in watercolor in my "Fun with Fall Leaves" series at Vickie's Sketchbook.
To learn more about the how and why of autumn color visit: Why Leaves Change Color