For a few days each year after the autumn leaves drop into the pond water, I photograph images for Elixirs. Brilliant leaves from beech trees, clethra and cork bushes collect along with golden pine needles at the water's edge. As sunlight flashes through overhanging brush, the leaves ride the ripples like small boats and form naturally rhythmic patterns. Using a longer exposure time, I capture an intoxicating mixture of recognizable images, abstract forms and illusions. Reflections of blue sky and powdery clouds swirl with leaves, creating fragrant bouquets and luxurious potions that are the wild essence of water, trees and light.