Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

September 4, 2011

More Trees

Filed under: composition, Non Birds — richditch @ 4:51 pm
Tres Rios Tree

Tres Rios Tree

With temps in Phoenix still well into the triple digits (108 at the moment at 4:23 pm) I’m still not getting out much for photography. So here’s a pair of images taken on April 1, 2011, when it wasn’t quite as hot. The location is Tres Rios, a “constructed wetlands” on the west side of Phoenix near the mostly dry Salt River. Birders on the west side of Phoenix visit regularly, but I only make 1-2 trips each year. It is one of the few known locations for nesting Least Bittern in the area, and it also sometimes has a flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks drop in. But rarely when I’m there. The past couple of years it has been possible to view a very distant active Bald Eagle nest, but it is so very far away that its not worth bothering for photos even with 600mm.

This particular visit didn’t yield any bird photos, but it gave me a chance to play with a “walkabout” lens I’d picked up about a month before.

Trees are deeply rooted (yes, that’s a bad pun) in my psyche, probably a reflection of growing up on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest in western PA. But in those days, and the years following that in central NJ, I rarely paid attention to individual trees (a case of not sees the trees for the forest?). Now living here in the desert of central AZ I don’t take trees for granted anymore since they occur in such lower numbers. I enjoy seeing their shapes and their shades of green.

Tres Rios Tree

Tres Rios Tree

This is the same small cluster of trees in both photos, taken 14 minutes apart as I walked along the oposite side of the pond separating me from the trees.

Nikon D70, 70-300 AF-S VR lens at 70mm, ISO 400, 1/500th second at f/9 (top), 1/800th second at f/8 (bottom), full frame.

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