11.21.2013 Three as one

Back in October I was wandering around in New Salem literally and figuratively in a fog.  We were not having a particularly typical autumn with wild color abounding everywhere.  Most of my favorite places were fairly dull with spotty color.  On my way to an orchard that looks out over the northern end of the Quabbin Reservoir, I noticed that the maples on the green in New Salem’s center were a rich orange and stopped for a few moments.

It was difficult to limit the inclusion of the surroundings with the green being small and encircled by roads and houses but I was able to get close enough to this one scene.  In this composition there are three trees lined up to give the effect of one.  The closest tree was fairly barren of leaves, so stacking them in line gives the impression of one full tree.  The way the limbs are displayed reminds me of the many armed Hindu deities.Three-for-one-Maples-on-New-Salem-Twon-Green-101413-800Web

Or if you prefer, the cover of “Axis Bold as Love”.  Go ask the Axis…. 🙂AxiscoverImage courtesy of Wikimedia.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 11.21.2013 Three as one

  1. Just Rod says:

    Very clever positioning – I really like the misty quality and the slight glimpse of road or pathway and knowing there is something beyond the foggy view.
    Lovely colours. Here we are now in the white season. No more colour till April – except for the left over berries and the colours of the bark which stand out so vividly this time of year and get lost in the colours of summer. Very moody photograph.

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    • Thanks, Rod. Yes, it has become the stick season for now. I have just been printing some winter images of frost and ice for the portfolio but am not in a hurry for the fluffy precipitation to arrive. I can don cleats for the ice and get around just fine. Come snow and there is too much work involved.

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  2. This brings back memories of a place not far from where we were living in The Hague. I remember going there and trying to find small hazel nuts on the ground that hadn’t been opened and eaten by the birds.
    Lovely photo. I feel like listening again to Valse Triste by Sibelius.

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  3. Multiples instead of singles and so clever especially when Autumn colors are sparse. Very nice, Steve.

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  4. Andrew says:

    Good work Steve and what a great album for comparison. I like photographing in mist but it’s not too common here. Still 25C and pleasant in T shirts.

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    • There’s a lot to be said for warm weather in the winter months, Andrew. In our case we are very much in need of precipitation and a good heavy snow often this winter should help to replenish our supplies not to mention offer some fine photo opportunities both during the falling of the fluffy stuff and the Spring melt. Poor Farm Swamp is now an awful shade of greenish brown as the level is so low that the algae and detritus are overwhelming the water. I don’t know how my buddies the bullfrogs can survive in that stuff. 😦

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  5. Yes, it’s an excellent illusion: I assumed I was looking at a single tree, but now that you’ve explained that there were three of them, and after your allusion to Hindu deities, we can call your subject a trinitree.

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  6. Phil Lanoue says:

    Looks terrific Steve!

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  7. tomwhelan says:

    Lovely image – especially with the the fog in the background. What a great way to compensate for the disappointing foliage…

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  8. Beautiful fall colors, the photo is amazing…Love the composition.

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  9. Mark says:

    I agree, clever positioning Steve. I like that there is still a nice separation of branches. Sometimes it is hard to find a single tree that has that – more impressive that you stacked three together and still maintained it.

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  10. quabbinite says:

    Excellent poise and a witty metaphor about the Hindu deities. It’s sad that the last few years have not produced the peak in seasons and their richness, emblematic of New England Charm. Still, a challenge from time to time seems to separate those who act disparagingly in such plight, and those like you who continue to discover ways to capitalize on it. Looking forward to seeing more of your well-demonstrated abilities throughout the winter…..Here’s hoping for a lot of snow!

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