Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Photo Challenge - Trees

The time has rolled around again for Donna's Photo Challenge and this month our topic is trees. I have many photos of trees bursting with spring's blossoms or decked out in autumn's fiery glory. But that would be too easy to show you perfect, beautiful trees. So instead I am going to share trees that are not perfect and perhaps ugly in your eyes.
Fungi, a parasitic growth thriving in the crotch of this tree. Sometimes they can grow to such a size that artists break them off and paint scenes on them.
This is a wood burl, an anomaly of nature caused from the stress of injury or from a virus or fungus. A tree will stimulate growth to isolate and contain the injury.
I sharpened the definition on this photo to enhance the texture of the burl.
The face in the tree. One of my favourite photos where a tormented face can be detected in the bark. Likely caused by weathering, animal and/or bird damage I changed the photo to black and white so that the trees in the background didn't detract from the face.
All photos were taken with my Canon 40D on auto. Yes, taken before the guidance and encouragement of Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys, our host.
There will be trees of all shapes and sizes, pretty ones too here if you'd like to visit the other participants. I invite you to share your trees - one to three photos and explain any camera settings that will be of help to the other photographers.

31 comments:

  1. I do enjoy seeing the character of these trees. And the "face" is pretty amazing!

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  2. Very creative take on trees Judith...not ugly but interesting especially the face on the tree. Love it!

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  3. Hello Judith
    You really have been able to find an interesting approach to the topic of this month! Impressive photos!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  4. Very interesting pics, Judith! I remember the burl when you posted it in the past; it is so unique. Have a great wknd!
    Hugs, Beth

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  5. Great photo's; I like what you did in the b/w! :)

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  6. That tormented face! Just in case you should dance around that tree by the light of a full moon in case HE needs freed and it wasn't weathering after all.

    Reminds me of reading a book such as Lord of the Rings or similar ones where a person is walking through a scary enchanted forest! :)

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  7. Trees like this have character, Judith....love that fungi!!!...:)JP

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  8. I love your creativity for the challenge, too. I'm always looking at trees to see what interesting shapes I can find. You've shared some amazing photos and I like the way you dealt with the background. Enjoy your day Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  9. Judith these are wonderful photos and so interesting and unique. I love the last one the best. I've been looking out the window at trees a lot lately and have seen some interesting faces!

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  10. Ahhh... Great minds think alike. I did a B&W also for the Challenge.
    I really like these they are very creative.

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  11. Oh, not ugly at all Judith, but very interesting. I used to see faces in the wood grain on our doors when I was growing up. Fascinating. And fungi are really beautiful in their own way.

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  12. What interest appendages on those trees, Judith...and that last one reminds me of the trees in "The Wizard of Oz" :) Great unique photos for the challenge! Have a good weekend.

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  13. Yes, even trees have their less pretty sides. Those burls are often highly prized by woodworkers who turn them to create beautiful bowls.
    The face is quite creepy and I wouldn't want to meet it on a dark night.

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  14. Imperfections have their beauty too! Isn't that interesting with the contorted face? Burls are prized by woodworkers for their creative arts. And the fungus is really pretty, I think! Great examples of how we can train our cameras and our thinking about these exquisite details!

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  15. You took a creative approach and were rewarded with some lovely photographs! Okay, maybe the contorted face is not "lovely"...but definitely intriguing!

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  16. Well seen and photographed.
    I've every time thinking, that its a kind of cancer, the picture in the middle. I see it often on any places they all have such an outgrowth (or too, three..) and on other places no one tree has it -

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  17. They are really interesting photos, a different perspective. Thanks for sharing them.

    Diana
    http://adifferentlenslens365.blogspot.co.nz/2014/11/three-trees.html#comment-form

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  18. Gostei imensamente das suas fotos. Amo fungos e as texturas estão maravilhosas!
    Hugs!

    I thoroughly enjoyed your photos. Love fungi and textures are wonderful!
    Hugs!

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  19. Years - centuries! - ago those wooden burls were used to make bowls and so on as they are idea for carving things like that! xx

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  20. So interesting to approach the trees of another side, imperfection or ugliness. Last one is gorgeous with the face in it, I love it.

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  21. On the contrary, I love your imperfect trees. So interesting how they grow.

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  22. Interesting photos ! Thanks for sharing your tree photos,,stoppin by from the challenge.

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  23. I think trees are often neglected, as they are-upstaged by other things growing around them. This tree is majestic, and how big is that fungi growing in its crotch (I found it a little funny).

    Hope you have a good weekend Judith.

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  24. Judith, I love your "different slant" on our tree challenge. I find fungi and burls very interesting. I used to have a beautiful (small) table made from a burl. Bought it in Oregon... The face is amazing too. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I really like your approach to the tree photo challenge! I have always found burls and fungi to be fascinating, interesting residents of the woods. Very nice!

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  26. Have enjoyed your different take on trees. Thanks for sharing them. How well I remember the fungi on trees, from my former abode, and the large gum trees I had. Thanks for visiting my tree post also.

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  27. All perfectly creepy! I love your tree photos, they are interesting. I have heard that our brains will see faces in trees, clouds, fire, etc. because we have a high face-recognition portion inside our brains. :)

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  28. I love your take on Donna's tree challenge Judith.
    It's amazing how trees have this ability to create a burl to protect an injury from further infection - nature is so very clever.
    I see the lovely face in your third photo!
    Happy Sunday!
    Shane

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  29. Those were great. Loved the face in the tree.

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  30. Love the "growths" I have several stumps in my back yard that are covered with fungi...so interesting to looks at. I love the "pained" face. Thanks for posting!

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  31. Hey Judith .This is such a. interesting post... I have seen art painted on the fungi in B.C...It's really quite a beautiful oddity of nature... What fabulous pictures...I have always wondered about the burrows in the trees... Thanks for the info...Hugs

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