Bob Ross and I have this in common: we both like the “Happy little trees”. I have a habit of focusing on them in any landscape, and not because they’re often the biggest single objects in the scene. There is something about the fractal nature of the branches and leaves that captivates me. I think that’s why I love fall so much. It truly is the season which glorifies the tree like no other. Below are some random tree photos from my collection.
I made it to the mountains too late in the fall season and only a few trees had leaves left on the them. By focusing the lens on something close in the foreground, I was able to blur out all the harsh twigs and branches in the background, leaving behind only the bright colorful splotches of the few leaves that remained. Lemons into lemonade.
I shot the image above on a foggy Thanksgiving morning. Before the sun rose, I met up with a fellow photographer along the shores of the nearby Shearon Harris Lake. We took our cameras, tripods, blinds, and stools for a few hours of walking the woods and shoreline. It was freezing cold! In the photo, the white line along the shore is the ice that had formed where the water runs out of the sand. This made an excellent demarcation between the mist-covered land and water. My interest was drawn to the one tree leaning out over the water. It so heavily contrasted the upright, conforming trees with it’s steep angle, and then with the foggy background lending to an even greater sense of separation. I love how this composition turned out.
This shot came from a long hike my family and I made to the top of Stone Mountain in North Carolina. The clouds were low and covered the top of this massive granite dome. I have no idea how old the tree is and how it manages to stay alive with nothing but water and granite for nutrients but it appears to be doing well.
This tree stands alone along the shore of Falls Lake in North Carolina. I was there for a photo shoot when I came across this scene. After I finished up with my clients, I came back to it and made this shot.
First Image: Nikon D700 with Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 lens.
Second Image: Nikon D200 with Nikon 18-200mm VR II lens.
Third Image: Nikon D700 with Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 lens.
Fourth Image: Nikon D200. I forget what lens I used. Maybe a 50mm prime???