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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mosaic and Macro Monday - Trees



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.

13 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a pretty park, I love all the green! And the trees are pretty! Lovely photos, have a happy day!

A Quiet Corner said...

Trees have always been a favorite of mine...:)JP

HOOTIN ANNI said...

So peaceful...a break from the city life, and a bit of heaven! Gorgeous.

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a beautiful tree with a lot of personality. Nice shots!

Jan n Jer said...

Beautiful spot to be with your camera! Nice shots!

TexWisGirl said...

love the gnarly tree and roots!

Carol L McKenna said...

Beautiful mosaic photography ~ nature is so beautiful and the tree is fascinating! Wow!

Brian King said...

Cool place! I love that one tree with the roots and branches going every direction! Nice looking bridge, too.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a wonderful idea - and terrific photos. I've been trying to expand a bit in my photos. I started doing table settings - those are a lot harder than I thought - every tiny detail has to be just so. I'm finally getting some I like.

I need to pick a certain tree, or spot to photograph at different times, and in different lights.

Fabulous photos.

Jannibele said...

So many nice trees. Using our imagination we can see all kinds of creatures in them:) Lovely photos!

Gattina said...

Looks very green and beautiful !

Janice said...

Really nice shots, Faye! I have such admiration for you.

Pride In Photos said...

I would of missed the tire swing if you would of not pointed it out...it brought back great memories of my childhood☺