Saturday, December 18, 2010

Trees of the year

Nature photography has been a passion since my teen years. One of my favorite subjects are trees, and 2010 was a very good year indeed as far as taking pictures of trees is concerned.

We started out the year in Australia, and I’ve only just begun to mine the 2000 images I took during our 3-week trip. In May, we spent a weekend in Yosemite, which is paradise for nature photographers. This was followed by a trip to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State in mid-summer as well as camping getaways to Samuel P Taylor State Park and Bodega Dunes, both north of San Francisco. Thanksgiving spent at my in-laws in Mount Shasta in far Northern California brought not only snow, but also some lovely photographs.

As fellow gardeners, you love nature as much as I do, and I hope that you will enjoy this compilation of my favorite tree images of 2010. If only we had enough room in our yards for all of these beauties!

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Moreton bay fig (Ficus macrophylla), Sydney, Australia
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Western dogwood (Cornus occidentalis) in bloom, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Western dogwood (Cornus occidentalis) in bloom, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Summer forest along the Quillayute River, WA
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Red alders (Alnus rubra), Forks, WA
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Tree skeletons, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, WA
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Monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), Forks, WA
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Morning mood, Bodega Dunes, CA
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Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens),
Samuel P Taylor State Park, CA
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Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa),
Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
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Snow globe fantasy, Mount Shasta, CA

My favorite book of fine-art tree photos is Listen to the Trees by John Sexton. Trees have never been photographed more sensitively or more evocatively. Sadly this book is now out of print, but you may find a copy in your local library.

If you’re interested in seeing more of my photography (anything but trees), please visit The Photo Continuum.

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