The nice thing about photographing trees is that they’re more cooperative than most other living things. They don’t whine like teens. They don’t move from the perfect pose to sniff at the lens like dogs. They don’t photobomb like idiots. Even when trees do move, or their parts at least, the effect can still be pleasing. Below: The wind rustles autumn leaves while the photographer -me – uses a too slow shutter speed. It was a mistake but one I was okay with.
The trees of autumn, like the one above, are among the most popular subjects, for their riotous colors; the different flavors of reds, oranges, yellows and brown. While I’m not going to pass up a photo of autumn’s arboreal splendor I do find myself particularly taken with the old and gnarled and the dying and the dead trees.
“There were cracked head stones, dead flowers and weeds coming through the ground. Even the trees looked lifeless.” –The Body By the Tree – Author: Yawatta Hosby
What better place to find gnarled trees than at a cemetery. Below are two views of gnarled trees taken at the Silver Terraces Cemetery in Virginia City.
“The old dead trees are the most fascinating – the countless trees lying in the gullies and up the hills that fell perhaps a century ago, pulling up their roots from the earth as they toppled….As grey as tombstones in a cemetery they lie there, having outlasted generations of farmers, as they’ll outlast me. In their own way they are as beautiful, more beautiful, than living trees.” ~ Phillip Adams, Australian humanist
Trees have a continual battle with the elements. They survive the heat of summer and the chill of winter.
“By the morning the winter trees are iced as thickly as the Christmas cake frosting. Yesterday they were rough twigs, their beauty having fallen to the ground in autumn. Today they capture the eye and raise the spirit; today they are living art, regal in the brilliant sun-rays.” ~ Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari,
In Yellowstone National Park the trees have another more relentless foe, the hot springs. Below are two images of trees at Cistern Springs in the Norris Geyser Basin.
“In the distance he could see the remnants of a dead forest, the dark trees lining the horizon like foot soldiers ready for battle.” ~ Nicholas Sansbury Smith
At Yellowstone’s Mammoth Geyser Basin, the continual flow of steaming water and buildup of limestone eventually buries the trees. Below the tops of trees peek out from the limestone formations of the basin.
This post is my contribution to this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. To view Cee’s contribution and those of other photographers please follow the link to Cee’s site.