Thursday, April 22, 2010

Friday Photo Shoot - Trees

I'm posting a day early because I'm not sure whether I'll get to the computer on Friday.  Besides, I can just pretend I'm somewhere else on the world where it's already Friday...or at least close.  So, early or not -- a walk through treeland.


Tree Man welcomes you with open arms!




To see it all, you need to arrive at sunset


But try to leave before dark


Or the Treetapus's tentacles might get you. 

 
You can reflect


and get back to your roots


Even those deeply submerged in the subconscious


Bring home a souvenir to hang on your wall
to remind you of where you got your good looks.


Okay, I have run out of caption ideas (as well as time) -- so I'll just post the last three or four.  It has been interesting as I've gone out shooting, looked through archives and such.  I didn't know it consciously but my approach to trees seems to almost always focus on gnarled and winding branches instead of leaves. 




 






Yes, I seem to be from the Gnarly School of Tree Photography.   I'm willing to bet that my post this week has the lowest leaf to tree ratio.




29 comments:

  1. Think you will win that bet. These shots are like beautiful sculptures. Simply amazing - these gigantic plant forms! Thanks for sharing these.

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  2. These trees hold their own type of beauty. They are holding on despite the storms and winds and destruction that whirls around them. I think this is an amazing post. So glad you were left one eye to see with in your header when that tree limb hit you. Poor Mark be safe.
    QMM

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  3. Haha, I enjoyed the captions, it really seems like you're telling a story.

    It's interesting to know that you take pictures of gnarled branches, maybe that says something about your personality?

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  5. Love to see that you're branching out!

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  6. Wow nice shots! The tree silhouette at sunset has to be my favorite!!

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  7. I love your trees and I love the Jekyll Island ones especially.

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  8. When the trees are leafless you can really see the beautiful structure and the power of the limbs. Great shoot-out.

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  9. Wow, your photos are amazing! I love them all and am blown away by some of them!

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  10. Very entertaining, as always, Mark. Great post.

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  11. Wonderful collection of photos, I love it , Mark!

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  12. You see the raw, stark beauty that often escapes us. Love the Treetapus's tentacles - very clever!

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  13. Pretty creative captions. I don't know that I have such nice tree photos and I take a lot of tree photos.

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  14. You've certainly captured the stark and almost tormented beauty of trees, Mark, and the tenacious way they cling to life.

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  15. I absolutely love these photos. Those dead trees on the beach, the gnarled & winding branches, and Tree Man! Like you, I had to limit myself. Trees are among my favorite subjects.

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  16. These are some amazing photos. I believe that some old trees have spirits and that third photo proves it. I SEE SPIRITS THERE...

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  17. One day you have to tell me the secret of the photo shop shenanigans! Love it all...

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  18. Are those all trees from your area? So dramatic looking! V. nice.

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  19. I won't want to go to your forest. Poor hansel and Gretel, the trees themselves are enough to give them creeps. Are the trees laced with Agent Orange?

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  20. wow! you have some magnificent shots and very unusual looking trees. the second is my fav!

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  21. Mmm, they're all beautiful. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite!

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  22. I depend on you for my weekly dose of gnarly! As usual, a fab post.

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  23. Mark I tend to like a tree stripped of its leaves, this is when it individuality comes out, it is elegant or twisted or creeping.... but always beautiful. in study hall.... remember study hall? instead of study I used to draw trees, the branches branching, growing with every minute of 'study'.
    have a great weekend.

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  24. REally nice knarles. :) Marvelous actually.

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  25. you never fail to capture everyday things, in an extraordinary light!
    Thank you!
    ~AM

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  26. "I think that I shall never see
    so many photos of gnarly trees."

    You said it. I didn't. Actually, your trees are quite nice, especially the sunset tree. And "yea" for you for keeping on keeping on. You are so dedicated.

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  27. ohh that's scary trees you got there.. i terribly miss the friday shoot outs.. i hope i could join again.. :(

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