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Patterns of Bark

February 21, 2012

Yesterday was a gorgeous winter day, perfect for taking a drive around Ontario’s Grey County and Georgian Bay areas. I think typically people don’t find trees beautiful unless they have their foliage, but I was captivated by the various patterns and textures of the trees in this little patch of forest along the Bruce Trail. The challenge came later when I had to adjust the colouring in Photoshop. I hope I got the greys and browns of the tree bark right after I adjusted for the blueish cast of the snow. I was so worried that the snow remained too blue that I had to compare to random snow shots found online. It was comforting to see that snow shows various colours, depending on the light, in the work of professional photographers. This is another case where the eye makes adjustments that the lens does not, and we always perceive snow as white. Still, I think I’ll add “snow” to my list of photographic challenges, right along with “photographing a black dog.”

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2012 10:54 am

    These are beautiful photos. I think trees look wonderful in any stage of their life. The textures and patterns on their trunks are works of art. Simply beautiful.

  2. February 21, 2012 11:32 am

    Gorgeous photos. Love the details. Very inspirational, I think I will try some bark photos soon. 🙂

    • February 21, 2012 11:56 am

      I’ll be sure to stop by & have a look. I’ve been enjoying your circle series of late. Also, if you have any tips on shooting snow to share, they’ll be appreciated. Best of luck with everything in the coming days!

  3. February 21, 2012 12:38 pm

    Excellent photos! All of the details just pop out at you. Stop by and say hi 🙂

    • February 21, 2012 8:56 pm

      Glad you liked the photos. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  4. February 21, 2012 9:16 pm

    Great eye capturing the beautiful patterns on the trees. I love white birch with what looks almost like a red stripe around it.

    • February 25, 2012 9:49 am

      Those small patches of red were probably the only and most striking splashes of colour on the whole trail; made for an interesting contrast, as long as you caught them!

  5. Magda permalink
    February 21, 2012 11:04 pm

    Love the red bark on the birch — striking!
    Beautiful series. Another card set is coming, I feel…

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