the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

February 20, 2011

Retrospective no.1: Cant see the wood for the trees

Filed under: outdoors, photography — Tags: , , — danmilner @ 8:15 pm

One of the best things about having had a dream job (thats ‘photographer’ to you by the way) for a while is that I get to slowly build on timeless personal photo projects, adding to them as and when I come across a scene that fits the bill. Sometimes they are scenes that you I looking for, grabbing a set of images to make a single study in a single trip, and others, well, they just happen, with opportunities presenting themselves in a kind of street photography manner.

One of my personal loves is trees, in all their forms. (Okay, get ready for the hippy stuff) I marvel at their beauty and never cease to be amazed at their stubborn reluctance to give up in the face of (usually human induced) adversity. Anyway, so to launch a set of retrospectives on my blog I’m starting with a set of images I’ve shot of trees -beautiful trees- in various places around the world. Without them we’d be nothing.

(hit the more tag below the first image for the whole gallery)

Luma apiculata, or the Chilean Myrtle. I came across the magnificent tree in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina. Leica M8, Zeiss 28/2.8

The banks of the Indus river in Northern Pakistan make for a testing environment for a grove of apricot (Prunus armeniaca) trees, battered by dust laden winds, sub zero winter temperatures and immersed in river flood waters. The Indus itself rises in Tibet and by the time it reaches the sea will have travelled 3180 Km. Canon EOS 1DmkII, 70-200/2.8

As an undisputable natural resource, trees will always be felled. Where and why is a different question. Felled pines (Pinus) near Vallorcine, France. Leica M8, Voigtlander 15/4.5

The Torres del Paine National Park, in Chilean Patagonia has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1978. It has some of the most changeable weather patterns I've ever experienced and in winter sees only a few hours of daylight each day. A busy tourist area, the park suffered 160 sq Km of fire damage in 2005 sparked by a hiker's stove. Leica M8, Leica 90/2.8

Weathered stump, Torres del Paine, Chile. Leica M8, Zeiss 28/2.8

The slickrock area just outside Moab Utah records average temperature highs of 2.8C in winter and 32C in summer. After discovery of Uranium deposits in the 1950's Moab became the Uranium capital of the world. Today it is an outdoor recreation mecca. Leica M8, Zeiss 28/2.8

Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests in Santa Cruz are one of the tourist attractions of California. They are classed as a 'vulnerable species' meaning that unless the circumstances threatening them change they will be added to the endangered list. They are one of the most beautiful trees we have. Leica M8, Voigtlaner 40/1.4

Temperatures in Tiera del Fuego, Argentina rarely go above 15C. The winds there are relentless. Leica M8, Zeiss 28/2.8

New Zealand's isolation means that many of its species are unique. tree canopy, South Island, New Zealand. Canon 1mk2N, 28-70/2.8, Kodak TMax B&W.

parts of Southern New Zealand can receive up to 8m of rainfall annually. Fallen trees are carried down raging rivers to find themselves deposited on the beaches of the west coast. This driftwood scene was shot at Haast. Contax G2, Zeiss 40/2.8

The cork oak (Quercus suber) live for 150-250 years, Their bark is the primary source of cork for wine bottling. The first harvest can be made at 25 years then again each 9-12 years. Cork oak, Corsica. Contax G2, Zeiss 21/2.8.

Stranded pine, California. This ancient pine sits between two ski pistes in the resort of Mammoth Mountain, California. For decades it has grown out of a split in the rock. Today few tourist skiers even stop and appreciate its efforts. Canon EOS 1mk2N, 17-35/2.8, Kodak Infra Red B&W film.

The Ombu tree (Phytolacca dioica) has a canopy as wide as it grows high (15m) propped up by huge buttress roots. Its sap is poisonous. It forms a major part of the parks of central Buenos Aires, Argentina. Leica M8, Zeiss 28/2.8


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