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TUESDAYS OF TEXTURE | WEEK 15 OF 2017

“Bark and Lichen”

“Bark and Lichen”

Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind.
– Lynda Lehmann

Here is my entry for Del Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture Challenge Week 15 of 2017.

It’s a very simple composition, a dead branch next to the trail, some of the bark already shed, revealing yet more texture in the wood below. There’s also a bit of lichen growing on the remaining pieces of bark to add a small splash of colour.

I’m finding myself continually drawn to these forms, they are an interesting testament to the cycle of life in the forest, changing from one form to the next. Now that I have a good macro lens, I’m able to document these forms more effectively and enjoy them even more.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm

1/320 sec, f/10.0, ISO 800

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Tuesdays of Texture – “Silver Birch – Close Up”

“Silver Birch - Close Up”

“Beautiful is he who recognizes what is truly beautiful,
Even if the surface is ugly.
Truthful is he who says what is true,
Even if the truth is ugly.
Ugly is he who measures beauty by its exterior,
Without first weighing the interior.
And ugly is the man who judges harshly what he sees looking out,
Without first judging what he sees in the mirror
– Suzy Kassem

How often I pass by the trees along the way, briefly admiring the varieties and texture. Every now and then, I try to document them through my photos. This silver birch had a certain appeal for me, with its colours and curled bark, such wonderful details. I thought it to be a good submission for this week’s Tuesdays of Texture. It was this or more ice, which is plentiful, with more on the way 😦

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/100 sec, f/850, ISO 100

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“Study in Wood #5” – Bryant Park, New York

Study in Wood #5

“Every tree in the forest has a story to tell. Some of them were burnt but they endured the fire and got revived; some of them were cut, their barks injured, some people pick up their leaves to make medicines for their sicknesses, birds used their leaves to make their nests, etc. Upon all these, the tree is still tree!”
― Israelmore Ayivor

This ancient sycamore, in New York City’s Bryant Park, certainly would have stories to tell. I have no idea how old it might be, but someone planted it behind the New York Public library many years ago and it has borne silent witness to a multitude events and changes in its long life. This old wood has weathered time and endured, its bark rough and creased with age, unlike its younger companions with their smooth, mottled bark, so typical of the fast growing sycamores, planted in neat rows in this urban park.

Pieces of bark have fallen off, been broken off, revealing the bright layers below, or clung tight to the tree, growing dark and gray with the patina of time.

As the quote above says, every forest has its story to tell. I look on these gnarled old trees and decaying stumps, thinking back to when they were young saplings. These are the survivors, having outlived other lesser trees, every year marked in their rough and ragged bark.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 125 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0 -1.0, ISO 400

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