Hello? Is anyone in there?

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Photography

It was a foggy morning, and even though I was drawn to the beauty, it seemed a bit spooky, too.

By the side of the road

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Roadside © Steven Willard

Roadside images are plentiful around here, I only have to “bother” to stop. This time what attracted my attention was on the other side of the road; fortunately I turned around.

Pentax KII5s, processed in Snapseed and Stackables.

Lonely tree

Black And White Photography, Charly, Photography

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Lonely ?

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Lonely?© Steven Willard

I find a certain poignancy in images like this. Perhaps it’s because I have a tendency to grant trees human feelings-and why shouldn’t I ?  Recent research has revealed that trees do communicate*, and what is communication but a sharing of knowledge? And if trees can know things it’s not much of a stretch that they can feel things, too.

So, is it wrong for me to believe that his lone tree might actually be lonely?

*Please watch Suzanne Simard on TED Talks, August, 2016.

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Tree Canopy

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Photography

As I walked through Sydney, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of these large, mature trees.  They were everywhere!

After 5 weeks of scheduled posts, I’m back from an incredible trip to New Zealand and Australia and will be posting more currently.  I’ve been sharing that journey in several posts on Life on the Bike.  So many photos / so many blog posts.  Pop on over if you have a minute, and know that I look forward to catching up on all of your blog posts, too.

Almost Painful

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Almost Painful © Steven Willard

 From such a tortured tree, sweet fruit can grow. What can we learn from this?

Sycamore Skeleton

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Sycamore Skeleton © Steven Willard

Winter reveals your twisted skeleton,

leafless sycamore.

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Naked Tree

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Naked Tree © Steven Willard

I wonder if trees dream, and if they do, I wonder if they ever dream of being caught outside in broad daylight naked? Have you ever had that dream? Scary, right?

Pentax K5IIs with kit zoom.

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Tortured roots

Black And White Photography, Charly, Photography

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Tangled up in vines

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Tangled Tree © Steven Willard

I struggled at first when I tried to refine the composition of this photograph. I thought there should be a way to crop, or a better angle to simplify the image. I was fighting with reality. In the end, I accepted the fact that what drew me to the image in the first place was the chaos, and how the eye wants to zigzag all over the frame before it lands on the little “bullseye” in the top center of the image. It was an image that knew what it wanted to be before I did.

Olympus OMD-EME1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2 in Lightroom.

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