Thursday, February 02, 2012

My Fascination with Trees

As the previous two posts show, and others in the past, I spend a lot of my photography time on trees. Like humans, most trees get overlooked, lost in the crowd. Some stand out because they are unusually attractive or they are battered survivors. This one literally stands out, taller by more than twice than any tree around it, on a steep slope above a 25-30 foot cliff over Chapel Pond on Rt. 73 in the Adirondacks. You need to be in a boat to see it silhouetted against the sky like this. From the road side of the pond it gets lost among the trees on the slope which continues up behind it.

Back when this country consisted of British Colonies trees like this would have been considered property of the king. At that time the British navy ruled the seas and the ships of that era depended on tall straight trees like this for their masts. They'd have had a tough time getting this one though. I can't help but wonder if this tree was there back then, smaller of course. Few humans ventured into this part of the Adirondacks back then, a few natives perhaps. It was only a hunting ground for them and there were no tourists at all.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:11 PM

    I too spend a lot of my photographic time with trees in the view finder. There is something magical about the tree that stands out amongst its peers. That and the history embodied in the rings; some thick some thin, depending on the vicissitudes of fortune.

    Well, at least how good the weather was in a given year.

    Anyhow, great shot as usual.

    James Bell: long time reader – first time commenter.