Salisbury, Connecticut. We always look forward to this beautiful stand of beech trees on the Appalachian Trail between Salisbury and Lion’s Head on the way to Bear Mountain.
On Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts. Hiking down the Haley Farm Trail on the west side of Mt. Greylock we came across a dead black birch with huge mushrooms on it. Hiked out to the tree and shot straight up hoping to catch the mushrooms but instead got an interesting shot of the creepy decaying tree and the trees around it.
Huntington Library Gardens, Pasadena, California. Went on an outing with my mother today. Decided to use S100 to shoot trees from below since this place has an amazing variety of spectacular and rare trees. I’m quite pleased with the way this small camera worked; I got a nice variety of decent images.
Mt. Everett Reservation, Massachusetts. We hiked up Everett and then around Guilder Pond and I caught Dave out on a cliff shooting an island in the pond. Everett isn’t a hard hike although it’s the second highest point in Massachusetts. Guilder Pond is a jewell that makes the entire hike worthwhile. In July the mountain laurel around this pond is mind-blowing.
Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I were hiking the other day and I spotted some unusual bark on a tree. On closer inspection the bark was riddled with woodpecker holes up and down the entire tree.
The bird is a yellow-bellied sapsucker and it really likes this tree. As you’ll see in the other pictures, the entire tree is riddled with holes, bottom to top.
Dave thought this tree was close to 100 years old so this is many generations of sapsucker action on it. No other trees in the area showed this kind of woodpecker damage except two other basswood trees a few hundred feet away.
As you’ll see in the last image the tree is still living, amazingly after such a riddling with holes.
Bear Mountain, Connecticut. Hiking around the back side of Bear Mountain we encountered more mountain laurels coated with ice. The hike was both wonderful and terrible: under two feet of snow was running water from rain and melt off and every now and than we’d break through the crust and get soaked in the “stream” under the trail. The pleasures (tortures) of spring hiking…
Bear Mountain, Connecticut. We hiked up Under-mountain trail onto the Appalachian Trail and up onto Bear Mountain the other day and the last 500 feet of elevation gain saw everything coated with ice. It was a beautiful scene and we stood around photographing so long our hands got cold and we had to get moving again. We could have spent hours here with tripods and DSLRs and macro lenses but alas, it was about 20 F with wind, not a great environment for relaxed photography.
Dutch photographer Gerco de Ruijter recently got in touch with an extraordinary series of aerial photographs called Baumschule—some of which, he explains, were taken using a camera mounted on a fishing rod.
The series features “32 photographs of tree nurseries and grid forests in the Netherlands.”
Fantastic stuff. Would be fun to make mosaics out of these.
My flickr contact Jun has produced a wonderful image of trees and sky with holiday lights in Japan. Fantastic.
Kent, Connecticut. Walking north from Kent on the AT along the Housatonic River brings you by a fantastic array of big trees: sycamore, oak, pine, hemlock, ash and locust. I’m not sure why this particular group of trees has gotten as large as they have but for a mile they’re huge. The canopy on this sycamore was a pleasant umbrella of shade on a very hot and humid morning. This magnificent tree is close to five feet in diameter at its base. There are bigger sycamores in Connecticut but this one is up there.
My long time flickr contact rosemary* remains the queen of bokeh with this shot of ornamental maple leaves with a great blurred background. Notice she’s using a Canon 5D with a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens.
Check out the slide show with 9 slides at the bottom. Zoom it out full screen. Spectacular images.
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This is a collection of images taken of fall leaves from a variety of trees around our house in the past few years. I’ll add more to this collection later this fall.
All of these images were done with a Canon EOS 5D camera and almost all of them were done with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. A tripod and remote shutter release was used.
Because the leaves curl and because I wanted to shoot them with back light, I made a jig to hold them which consisted of two small pieces of mat board with a small rectangle cut out of the middle (about 1.5 inches by 1 inch) so that a leaf could be sandwiched in. This “sandwich” is then clamped together and hung so that I can shoot straight at it with natural light coming in from behind. The key is to get the rig absolutely parallel to the front of the lens (I used a level) so that the leaf would be in focus edge to edge. In macro photography, even stopped way down, depth of field is very shallow so the more one can take care of these things in setup the better.
I hope to repeat this technique this year with my new 5D Mk II and maybe a newer macro lens. Stay tuned.
Not sure how I feel about this map as it brings “leaf peepers” to our neighborhood in droves. Still, useful for photographers who want to capture various kinds of color.
These are circulating via mail. Better to visit them on the web. Many instances of them, not sure which are the original but this one’s the best presentation. Click images for larger versions.
[via Martha Winkel]