A year ago I did a Photo 365 Project where I would take photos everyday and post my favorite. I learned about photography. http://gallow-photo-year.blogspot.com.
As a project this year, I'm going to focus on trees. My goal is to photograph, and post 1 photo of a tree each week. I hope you'll join me for this journey, and share your experiences, impressions, and interests along the way.
I've asked various people what about their favorite trees. David Fontanella told me about this oak tree in the Cornell Plantations. I've run by this tree several times, but I had never seen it. It's tucked back in a little way from the road, and is a great spot for quiet place to sit. Thank you Dave for letting me know about it. Perhaps next time I can have Dave stand near it for scale. It's huge!
When I first started looking for trees, I tended to look for trees that were not near other trees. Now, I've been noticing trees that are a little more distorted when they grown near other trees or obstacles. They can take on almost human like characteristics like this one. This tree looks like a yoga stance, or a dancer arching his/her back and twisting. Ben Marlan's painting of trees convey a similar feel, and some of these types of trees remind of his incredible work.
I missed a Tree last week because the weather was blah. This week it began snowing again. I actually prefer photographing in the snow than I do photographing on a day where the skies are gray. Snow adds a new filter or texture to the air that help create what I think is a more interesting photo.