10.01.2020 What was is no more

Not quite accurate.  I’ve photographed this oak several times over the years in Quabbin Park. It spreads so wonderfully.  Sadly, for a reason unknown to me, the Authority have cut the wider branches removing a lot of the appealing character. So it is still there but with a different “body”.

I shared an image of this tree,  from the same shoot so almost the identical composition, three years ago. I wanted to express the tree in a different way so went for monochrome. While the linked image is more colorful and comforting, this is more mysterious and maybe a bit spooky.

This makes three trees that I visited and photographed often which have had there character changed, in one case totally as it was cut down after falling apart, and I am sure there will be more. All things must pass.

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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15 Responses to 10.01.2020 What was is no more

  1. melissabluefineart says:

    This is a nice, moody start to October. It can be hard to see change, for me at least. A neighbor had a company in to butcher, molest, disfigure, and generally ruin one of her large trees. These trees are huge, and gave a lot of comfort to me over the years . They stand at the heart of the block. The men left, with half of the tree savagely cut away. It was a clumsy job and left a lot of ugly scars~but at least the tree is still standing along with its sisters.

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    • I guess there are reasons for trees to be cut as they are with no regard for aesthetics but that usually escapes me. A favorite iconic tree in the entrance to Quabbin Park was diseased and had to be cut. But they left the main trunk of the tree to decided whether to have a tree carver render it into something appealing until it really does rot.They usually treat those carved trees and many last for decades. There is an artist who traveled the country doing just that, although many of the trees were brought in and mounted rather than in situ.


  2. I noticed you cropped the colored version to make it a little more panoramic.

    For you it’s trees that have been lost, and for me properties. George Harrison’s “All things must pass” echoes the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus: “Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and ever different waters flow down,” which has been paraphrased as “You never step into the same river twice.”

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    • I have heard or read that phrase many times over the years. Although I do not work them as you dom I also see a lot of properties developed here. It seems every builder’s crew issues at least one carpenter who decides to start his or her own business and where there are more builders there is more building. At some point we will run out of land to explore although there are several organizations here that purchase and protect land. As well, our state has an agriculture protection program that offers tax incentives for farm land to be kept in production.
      Yes, the first processing emphasized the spread of the branches more. In the second I was more interested in mood.


  3. What a difference a day can make…in so many ways.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    If I’m going to have an earworm there could be much worse ones…
    I love what you did with this, Steve. Black and white, the widespread branches reaching out, the wavy ferns gently rising and that fabulous mist lending mistery. 😉 Beautiful.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Even though the tree is the subject, it’s the ferns that caught my eye. The contrast between them and the tree seems more dramatic than I’d expect; I very much like the way you’ve composed the image.

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  6. krikitarts says:

    I’m also drawn to the foreground ferns that seem to be drawn up toward this wonderful tree. I like your decision to keep the contrast low to emphasize the delicacy of the newer mood.

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    • I wanted the tree to be the star, of course, but a good foreground balances things. It was a foggy day, although not strongly so, and I wanted the gentle feel of that environment to be carried through the image. Glad you see that.

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