Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

March 29, 2011

Tree, in Habitat

Ayer Lake tree

Ayer Lake tree

I spend as much time as I can at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, an AZ State Park about 60 miles east of Phoenix. The habitat here is not as “bleak” as it is in the more open desert areas, especially in the main canyon where sometimes there is water in Queen Creek. I visit Boyce for the birds, of course, but also for the mammals (bobcat, gray fox), and for the scenery as well.

One of my favorite features at Boyce is this solitary tree that stands on the rocky slopes above manmade Ayer Lake (which is really just a large pond). I enjoy the lines of the branches as they reach out to the open space around the tree, and I like the contrast of the green leaves to the browns and reds of the rock. But even during that brief period when AZ trees don’t sprout leaves I enjoy the textures of bare limbs against rock that the angle of the light brings out to advantage.

Ayer Lake tree

Ayer Lake tree

This same tree shows a much different profile when viewed from a spot on the trail closer to the lake. And that gives me a chance to make different images with the same theme of contrasting colors, shapes, and textures.

Ayer Lake tree

Ayer Lake tree

These three variations on a single tree were all made on 03/26/2011 with a Nikon D70 and Nikon 70-300 VR lens at ISO 400.

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1 Comment »

  1. I remember that tree! Pretty cool when a tree can leave an impression on you.

    Comment by Robert Mortensen — April 5, 2011 @ 7:05 pm


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