This is a photo that I definitely want to duplicate (but with different trees.) As a huge fan of both landscape photography and nature photography, I think there is a lot of fun to be had incorporating more aspects of both into this type of photo.
The pun in the title is even more appropriate if you know that none of these leaves were on these steps before I took this photo. I had to take an armful of leaves and scatter them on the stairway for the look I wanted. When I was taking my landscape photography class at SUNY Oswego, I tried each week to plan out where I would shoot and what my images would look like, (so that I could try to ensure that when I submitted my photos for that week, there would be variety among them.) When the idea to shoot here popped into my head, somehow I was able to plan exactly how I wanted the image to look, and it came out true to form which had never happened to me before.
One of the things that I love most about photography is the ability to capture beauty in things that some people may never even take the time to take a second glance at. For example, until I had my camera out and was out shooting for my landscape photography class, I had never noticed the gorgeous ivy-like leaves growing on the back wall of my residence hall, which I had walked past heaven only knows how many times.