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.