You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist 

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

From the bejewelled feathers of a peahen to a magpie’s monochrome majesty, this is surely a case of leaf imitating art. 

These wonderful autumnal artworks have been created by amateur artist Diana Cotter, who spends up to seven hours carefully selecting hundreds of differently coloured fallen leaves from her garden to create stunning images of birds and other wildlife. 

She adds berries, moss and twigs to garden clay bases to create a dazzling final effect and photographs her seasonal creations before they dry out — before putting them in the compost. 

Diana, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, says: ‘The only tools that I use are a wooden plant label used as a drawing implement and a pair of scissors. 

‘It’s all about looking for the right colours. I can see what I am going to do in my mind’s eye.’ 

She adds: ‘It is quite a mindful experience and when I am doing it, I am not thinking of anything else. I have done flower arranging as a hobby before and that doesn’t last either, so I am used to throwing away my creations!’

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

Finessing the foliage: Artist Diana Cotter at work at her garden in Salisbury, Wiltshire

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

What a pheasant surprise: A resplendent peahen

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

Do you think I’m sett-sy? A badger with a mossy nose

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA
, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

Woody you believe it! A magnificent green woodpecker

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

Finch perfect: Diana collected some strikingly coloured leaves to create this steely-eyed bullfinch

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

Foxy gladey: A vivacious vixen — sporting a pebble for a nose — in the autumn woods

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

In the night garden: An exquisitely made owl on its perch

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

Who’s the tuft guy? A waxwing with an impressive crest sits atop a well-placed twig

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

A super-duper hoopoe: An exotic chap with a delicately crafted and rather fabulous crown

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

enny from the flock: This feathered cutie is beautifully wren-dered

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

Up before the beak: This cheeky magpie, with a sloe for an eye, has pinched a real-life ring

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

, You won’t be-leaf this! Enchanting images of garden visitors created with a special autumnal twist , The Today News USA

And spinally… Diana had her work cut out to make this hedgehog — but it’s snoutstanding!