02.07.2015 Quabbin Hill Trees

We’ve two or three days of snow approaching, expecting 2-8 inches or more.  I decided to take a ride around Quabbin Park and I didn’t really have anything specific in mind, but I enjoy shooting these trees (preferably in a fog), and today I thought they would look good in a high key image.  If I had my snow shoes with me I might have approached a little closer and lower in the dip that was between me and them, but not shown here, so I could have isolated them a bit more against the sky.  Maybe next time.



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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28 Responses to 02.07.2015 Quabbin Hill Trees

  1. Seems like you got a high from your high-contrast image.


  2. Lottie Nevin says:

    This is a captivating image, Steve. I love the starkness of it and yet there is great beauty. The subtlety of tone between the snow on the ground and the light on the horizon is exquisite.

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  3. bythebriny says:

    The one is asking the other to dance.

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  4. Andrew says:

    I’m with Lottie, Steve. High key fine art and exquisite is a good word for it.

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  5. I like these trees~they look companionable and they look wonderful in this high key format.

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  6. Jackson says:

    This is great! It brings to mind a dialog between the two trees, who have somewhat similar but definitely distinct personalities.


    • I do think their position hints at some sort of conversation, so I agree with the dialogue interpretation, Jackson. Thanks. I did get a response on Facebook that it looked like the tree on the right was leaning over and listening to the other.


  7. Quite a nice piece of art. (PS: Received the Expedition pack yesterday … had fun filling it up today. Wonder when I’ll ever get to use it?).


    • Thanks!

      Why not tomorrow?

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      • My Achilles heel has always been my over-developed sense of responsibility. I always find myself doing what I should do rather than what I’d like to do. Our wood supply for the cook stove in the kitchen will last us less than a week. I’ve got to cut that supply so Joanna can keep the north end of the house warm while I’m at work. I’d much rather jump in the truck and take off for the day … but my hyper-developed sense of responsibility will, I am sure, keep me here. I suppose if I get chores and the wood-cutting done Joanna and I might take a couple of hours in the late afternoon for a walk on the rail trail. By then, however, I’m guessing that moisture from the coming front will be here. Perhaps I’ll simply strap the new pack on my back and walk up and down the stairs! I am sorry you are anticipating more of the white stuff – I’m sure you’ve had your fill at this point.

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      • I can empathize with you on that, David. I’ve been there regarding the firewood also. I have mine all cut, but it needs to come in the house and some of it needs to be split further. We feel that our stove burns better with smaller splits, so the larger ones need to be trimmed down a bit. I am able to do that in the basement using this. It’s a little noisy, but pretty handy. Sometimes it gets stuck in a log with some crotch or a knot, but usually does a nice job and with the straight grain pieces I can often make some nice kindling.

        Yeah, I am pretty much ready for spring. But I don’t have many shots with falling snow, only one that I can think of, so I am hoping to do a little of that in the morning if it isn’t coming down too hard or blowing.

        I mentioned to Jim the other day that I had water coming through the roof in my study. Our air handler for this part of the house is in the attic(we did not have a basement included when we did the addition) and that is creating ice dams. So I have the heat turned off. Usually the wood stove heat doesn’t get out here, but we kept it cranking all day and now it isn’t too bad….@60°. We are thinking of replacing our asphalt shingle roof with a metal one to solve that issue. Moving the air handler into our living space doesn’t seem to be the preferable solution. Our present roof is only about 10 years old, if that, so we wish we had just sprung for the metal roof at the start.

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  8. Oh yes, there is beauty in the stark contrast of the barren tress against the whiteness of the snow. I really like this photo. Serene and uncluttered. Allows one to simply focus on the trees.

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    • It really was fortunate that I went there this morning. I almost just drove past the road up there. I am glad that you enjoyed this, Yvonne. And your comment pretty much sums up my intent with the composition. 🙂

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  9. Forgot to ask. What kind of wood do you burn in the stove? I looked at the wood splitter and that is a nifty tool to use. Not sure if that would work on the oak and mesquite wood that is generally burned in my area. We burned post oak, a bit of cedar, and some mesquite, I sealed off the fireplace. It became too much work for me. I always wished that we had installed a wood stove. I’ve a natural gas heater (an old Dearborn that heats very well).


    • The only time I heated/cooked with gas it blew up in my face, but that is a story for another time.

      We have many varieties, depending on what our supplier brings. Most is oak, maple and birch. I prefer the oak for splitting. We have had a number of our own white oaks dropped which I cut and split (I do have an hydraulic splitter) and we have a good sized maple coming down this year. There are a few smaller trees, oaks and birches, that I can take down myself.

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  10. Jim in IA says:

    It looks like you could get snow for the next two days. And it won’t warm up. Your roof is likely to continue giving you trouble. Is the roof leaking? Or, is there condensation inside getting into your living space?

    With temps of <60˚, my fingers wouldn't be able to type.


    • The temperature won’t drop too low until after the snow.

      Yes, the roof is taking in water behind the ice dams. I went into the attic and could see where the water is seeping along the sheathing and sub-roof in the eaves. But turning off the heat seems to have ended that. We have a roofer coming over next week (it was to be on Monday but not if snowing) to remove the snow and ice dams.

      My fingers don’t like the cold either but, compared to what they experience doing photography, 60° is manageable. My balding head requires a light pullover though.

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  11. shoreacres says:

    Like others, I saw a dialogue, but mine went like this:

    Tree on right: “Aw, please, Mom! I promise I won’t cross the creek!”
    Tree on left: “All right, but you stay on this side, and be home by sunset.”

    It’s really a fun photo – filled with unusual movement for two such stationary objects.


    • Thanks, Linda. A respected photographer (Jay Maisel) calls that movement “Gesture”. We tend to think of gesture as a human quality, but everything has it if we are patient and look/watch closely. It is part of the essence that makes a work of art interesting.
      Someone suggested the conversation was the sharing of a secret. I kind of like that.


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  13. bluebrightly says:

    I missed this the first time around so I’m glad you linked to it…I love it. Just love it.

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