On a bright, blue sky day this week, I hoped to take photos of quaking aspens with their yellow leaves quivering like gold. Although I took dozens of photos on a hike through the woods, my favorite shot was clicked from a driveway where I had parked. This capture worked because I focused on aContinue reading “Right In Front of Me…”
Carmel Mission Trail woods–a leaning tree casts a shadow.
There is a certain bravado around here with the guys who cut down old dying trees. They hang from ropes and whip chain saws like toys, all while high above the ground. In this photo the subject holds the saw with one hand and a rope in the other for balance as he stretches toContinue reading “Don’t Try This at Home”
Many years ago I heard a tree fall in the middle of the night, a thunderous crash almost like gunfire. This week I took a hike on the Carmel Mission Trail where there were trees that had toppled over during the winter. When I took this photo, I thought of that long ago tree thatContinue reading “Fallen Trees…”
The skies are cloud-free blue and hackberry trees are budding all over in the spring-like weather in Sacramento. Fortunately, the forecast is for a period of rain to start in a few days–we need the winter wetness here in California. The hackberry is used to make cheap furniture and firewood, according to tree experts. IContinue reading “Hackberry Spring”
Drought, invasive pests, and high winds are a few of the dynamics that wear out a forest. I took this shot of the woods at Point Lobos in an attempt to capture the stress that trees are under. The light looks unhealthy to me.
California’s Central Valley is awash in fruit tree blooms. Now, if it would only rain.
This week I was looking at a crane in the distance while standing in the park that surrounds California’s state capitol building, There it was right in front of me, a very crooked, very tall palm tree. In fact, this may be the only crooked tree in the park which is very well maintained. IContinue reading “Crooked”
Many of Sacramento’s downtown streets are lined with trees. In summer the trees provide cover from the sun, but with a low midafternoon winter sun, the bare branches and trunks project shadows on the sidewalk. I assume some may say, “so what?” Well, I prefer walking on concrete sidewalks that are crisscrossed with shadows ratherContinue reading “Sacramento Sidewalk Shadows”