08.27.2015 Fallen Birch Branch

I’ve been looking at this branch for quite a while, waiting for the right atmosphere…fog and soft light.  It’s a simple scene right next to the traffic circle at Quabbin Hill, just a branch that has fallen from a tree, yet it seems so inviting, beckoning. I finally accepted the invitation and made an image.



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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12 Responses to 08.27.2015 Fallen Birch Branch

  1. shoreacres says:

    Here in the south, a small creek sometimes is called a “branch.” (For example: bourbon and branch water.) The piece of birch looks so much like a flow of water meandering through the land, the name Fallen Birch Branch seems to fit.

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    • The “flow” of the branch was what I wanted to express in the image, but I didn’t feel that it would really say much without the background containing fog, so waited for the right time. I appreciate you seeing that, Linda.
      We also have river branches here and I often post images from the Middle Branch of the Swift River which feeds the Quabbin Reservoir where this park is located…although several miles separate the locations.


      • shoreacres says:

        Water-language is interesting.Here in Texas, I rarely hear “branch.” On the other hand, “fork” is pretty common, as in “North Fork of the Guadalupe.” A small stream that would be a branch in the southeast, is a creek or bayou here.

        Speaking of Texas water, today’s the anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s death. “Texas Flood” is holding up pretty well.

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      • I’ve, of course, heard the term “fork” but it’s not really used here to refer to branches of rivers, streams, etc.beyond the actual fork location itself. I do enjoy the Yogism, “When you come to the fork in the road take it”.

        I remember hearing of the helicopter crash while camping and the shock of Vaughn’s death….memories of Buddy Holly et al being rekindled as well. Close call for EC.


      • When I visited Iowa for the one and only time in 2008, I was staying one town over from Clear Lake, which is where Buddy Holly played for the last time. The venue is still there and has some Buddy Holly memorabilia.

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  2. I’m so glad you did, Steve. This is wonderful. I,too, like the suggestion of flow.

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  3. tomwhelan says:

    The birch trunk is a cool leading line through the forest. Fine contrast in the B&W conversion.

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  4. This is effective but I’m wondering whether you also tried a higher-contrast version in which the branch would have stood out even more against darker foliage.


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