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.
My flickr contact Jun has produced a wonderful image of trees and sky with holiday lights in Japan. Fantastic.
Tom Zetterstrom’s Portraits of Trees
I just saw Tom’s work in a group show at The Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. His prints are small and look almost like embossments. They’re nicely framed and hung and worth seeing if you’re in the area.
Kent, Connecticut. Walking along the Appalachian Trail north of Kent there is a grove of these huge red pines. We’ve done this hike many times and passed by these trees but today we stopped. I’m glad we did, they’re impressive.
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.
Biggest, Tallest Tree Photo Ever
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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.