Woodland wanderings

I like to wander among trees, taking in fresh air, feeling somewhat present, so it stands to reason much of my landscape stuff is woodland.

Worst. Ski jump. Ever.

Much of the woodland close to me is in part commercial, though it isn’t entirely the case. The most popular crop is silver birch, harvestable every 15 years. This leads to the occasional moment of annoyance when a place I want to capture in a certain light has changed dramatically, but it doesn’t stop my love of these trees as a photographic subject.

It’s their bark of course! The papery shavings appeal to me and the sight of them just after rain has a glowing quality.

I’m not all about monochrome you know

Beech trees, especially backlit, are something else. I really like their translucent leaves against the sky. They’re arguably less pretty trees, but come on! Look at the leaves! Also, a carpet of beech nuts on the ground can be delightfully springy.

As you’ll note in this post I often seek out vertical lines in woods and am regularly drawn towards pine and fir trees for that reason. Playing with height and width, or dare I say it, girth, can offer composition opportunities.


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