Art in the Sky

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Trees

…share some of your favorite trees with one another…

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I will be the first one to admit how much I enjoy the Fall season – with its endless array of oranges and reds emerging across the landscape. The multicolored trees are indeed spectacular and I always capture dozens of photographs as the season progresses.

However, my most sought after – and elusive – tree image is only possible in Winter. Against the night sky right around sunset.

After all the leaves have dropped…when a tree’s true shape and character is no longer hidden. Branches, exposed and unencumbered, stretch out…for all the world to see.

Displaying a pen and ink drawing across the sky. A freeze-frame dance of sorts.

As if to announce…here I am! Look at me!

An abandoned bird’s nest…often still nestles precariously against the trunk. Or a massive wasp hive hangs empty…ahhh…that explains the constant buzzing last summer.

The stories these trees could tell.

When the sky turns pinkish/orangish/gorgeous-ish, I attempt year after year to capture an image like I see in my mind’s eye.

I came close this past December on a city street in Washington DC. Taking a walk with my real camera, I had a sense the light would be magic (as cheesy as that sounds, it actually was magic). It was the day after Christmas after all.

A quiet evening at 5:00.

The Tree appeared a few blocks in the distance – but power lines crisscrossed in front of my view. After realizing the light was not going to last much longer, I hurried through the empty streets…getting closer.

A lefthand turn…one more block…it was time.

Standing as near as possible, I decided to include the few power lines still visible under the main branches of the tree. Before I lost the light…I looked up…tried a few exposure settings…and went for it.

Even though I was not able to photograph the entire horizontal expanse of this magnificent tree, I was thrilled to capture a sample of my favorite art in the sky.

bare tree

 

citysonnet January photo a day challenge: Looking Up

 

Everywhere a Spotlight

BeckyB JanuaryLight:…square photographs of words ending in light…

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A magical moment…or series of moments…unfolded on stage during a once-in-(my)-lifetime experience in 2016.

An unforgettable Barbra Streisand concert in Boston, Massachusetts.

A dream come true for this huge fan…

spotlights concert

Sunshine’s Macro Monday: Exposed

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #25

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A Walk in the Woods

I wasn’t sure how the tree remained upright…extending high above my head.

Its shredding rotted spindly branches barely hanging on.

Stripped of bark, listing to the side, full of holes…it somehow had survived…now completely naked.

Not a speck of green. No signs of life. It seemed odd. Out of place…surrounded by so many healthy trees.

Surely a potential danger to humans walking by.

I wonder if the wildlife in this patch of woods are done doing their damage…

tree stripped

Surrey with a Fringe

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Transport

…Your challenge is to share some of your favorite modes of transport, some of which I hope will be a bit unusual…

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chicks and ducks and geese better scurry…

As a huge fan of Broadway musicals, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” immediately started up in my head when I noticed this actual surrey at the Shelburne Museum this past summer.

The surrey in Oklahoma! is a bit different from this one…

surrey

…which was actually used for transport.

 

For those interested…

sign