This was the view from Belnap Bridge looking downstream of Beargrass Creek in Louisville's Seneca Park around 8 a.m. yesterday. It was a cloudy rainy sort of day. I came here to get some photos of an especially interesting tree on the left side of the creek. For the past couple of weeks I've been on a bit of a blogging break because of some ongoing Internet/DSL issues. While offline I've been using Catherine Anderson's The Creative Photographer, Exploration Cards to Expand Your Creativity for inspiration on photo shoots. Anderson suggests that you explore themes--pathways, reflections, everyday ordinary, etc.--when taking pictures. One theme that she suggested was "trees"--take photos of one particular tree at different times of the day, different seasons, weather. I chose this spot on Beargrass Creek for the water interest as well as the tree.
This tree is wonderfully graceful with its multi-trunks and branches that extend out over the water. In the first photo I was standing on the hill looking down on the tree. The second photo I shot from the right creek bank so you can see the twisting tree trunk:
Here are some closeups and macros of moss, lichen and fungi growing on the branches. And, based on the leaf shape, I think this is an elm. But I'm no tree expert, so if anyone thinks differently let me know! (click on the collages for a larger view)
A few more shots of the tree (note the tube swing for summer fun), the creek waters, and bridge:
And finally, a closeup of Belnap Bridge and some plant macros growing over the stone wall of the bridge:
Periodically I plan to go back to this spot for more photos, especially with change of seasons or different times of the day. It will be interesting to see the changes.