07.17.2020 The Maple

An appreciation of the network of branches of this old sugar maple, the survivor of the pair often photographed atop Mount Pollux.


Black and White

Shot at 90° from yesterday’s landscape post looking up into the branches.  I don’t often process an image both ways, an image often works one way or another.  The color version is more what one would see and the black and white a more moody interpretation that I think has a more personal feel.

For those who have not seen images of the Mount Pollux Maples previously, or who don’t mind seeing them again, here’s a link to a post from last November celebrating the one that was lost and showing both together. And, after all, it is Flashback Friday.

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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10 Responses to 07.17.2020 The Maple

  1. krikitarts says:

    Where would we be without trees? I can hardly begin to contemplate. There are definitely special ones, and you’ve helped to celebrate this one. Sad to see its companion gone, but good that you’ve helped to preserve its memory as well.

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    • When I first started making images in the late 60’s with a Canon TLb that I bought for $50 from a dorm mate, although not terribly seriously, my college friends and I would visit a gorge in Vermont to swim. On the way to the location there was a grand old apple tree that I tried to visit each time we went to swim and capture some pictures. Sadly my skills were rather crude and the pictures no longer exist…neither does the tree even more sadly.Since then I have always appreciated old trees. As you might image, the Ents were my favorite non-hobbit creatures.


      • krikitarts says:

        Who, pray, having come to make the acquaintance of Treebeard, could not help but consider him a friend? I remember a few special trees from my childhood, especially a big, old, remarkably-climbable mulberry in the back yard, that I would love to go back and revisit with a time machine and spend a few (not-hasty) hours with it and my favorite camera.

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  2. Do I detect a bit of flash fill, ow was this all incident light?

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Well, you know me. I much prefer the first photo. What’s most interesting about the tree is what it evokes — those Hindu gods and goddesses with multiple arms.

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    • I thought the same, Linda. Although I was thinking more of the album cover to axis:bold as love than Durga. I posted the image both ways although processed it in B&W first but then actually did think that you would like the color better. So, yes, I do know you. 🙂


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    One of my favorite trees!

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