This photo was taken at Simon Fraser University. I’ve had little time to take many photos lately, and I found this and felt a little pang of homesickness. I’m not homesick; I’m really happy here, but this photo is one of my all-time favorites. Those vine maples are so pretty.
More Jakarta tomorrow, okay?
If you’ve been to Cultus Lake, you’ve probably seen this stump. I had to wait for the tourists to get off it in order to take this photo. It’s a lovely old tree that up-ended who knows how long ago. It certainly is grotesque looking, in the old-fashioned sense of the word.
Our city is exploding in pinks, light pinks and whites. Every flowering tree is going crazy with blossoms, and photographers in the area are going crazy trying to document the turn from Winter to Spring (finally).
It was around 10 below zero tonight and I had no desire to be outside any longer than I needed to and then the sky presented the silhouette of this tree. It is situated across the street from my house and it tempts me regularly. It’s like it keeps saying, “Photograph me.”
So, tonight I granted the tree its wish.
I have to admit that this photo was taken over a year ago. The Lower Mainland of British Columbia has not seen winter (the WordPress Photo Challenge this week) yet – I think we had a snowfall back in November, but the snow lasted all of twelve hours.
I chose to go back to a photo that I never did process, but that was more due to the fact that I wasn’t very familiar with what Photoshop could do, nor with what I could do with it.
I hope you like it.
Sorry for the big scroll-down. It’s hard to put in a photo of a cedar like the ones that grow around here without showing it in all its height and beauty. I hope you like it.
A bit of a rehash, although I’ve never posted this particular photo before. This is from the first days of my current camera. I snapped this back in the autumn of 2009. I’m posting it here, today, because of Photo Friday‘s “Trees” challenge this week. Seeing as how it’s been raining torrents here in the Lower Mainland and I’ve been finishing off the second term of the first semester of school, I’ve had few chances to shoot anything new in the past week. So, here’s a walk in the park, so to speak.
I love the colors, which is saying something because the lower mainland of British Columbia does not get a very long, nor vibrant, fall. We have two seasons: wet, and for two weeks in the summer, hot. I’m not complaining. I’m flying to Edmonton next weekend and already I have a chill in my underpants thinking about weather at 20 degrees below zero, so warm and rainy is not so bad. But when I have to miss out on all four seasons, I might be allowed to whine a little. So…wah.
The one thing I can remember from third or fourth grade is the topic of photosynthesis. I know that the little branch, above, is reaching for the sky because otherwise it will not get the sunlight it so desperately needs to live. It’s amazing that something as big as a tree depends on something as small as a leaf to live.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f11; ISO 100; 1/160 sec.
The birds! Aaaargh!
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 800; 1/640 sec.
“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.” – W. Blake
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II (@48mm); f8; ISO 400; 1/200 sec.