Posts tagged ‘trees’

April 20, 2015

She leans when she speaks

Friends ’til the end
She leans when she speaks

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January 26, 2014

True for a while

I’d been mulling over the idea that time might not exist as we think we experience it and finally looked it up. I see it’s been a topic for a few years in quantum physics. Kind of makes me wonder if I actually dreamed up the idea in my head or if I’d seen it somewhere and remembered it as a memory.

That became the background for this photo – shot on Halloween of last year but left alone for a while. I knew I liked the photo, but editing immediately would be too fresh; I’d have a memory of what it was like to be there. Going back to it months later I potentially saw different things unnoticed if I remembered exactly what it was I was going for in frame. It’s kind of a sad photograph now, I think. Something about life going on as it does irregardless of anything taking place.
True for a while
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November 26, 2013

The stand alone

Not sure why this tree was left to the middle of the expanse while the others were given the opportunity to congregate, but it always stood out to me as I drove US 190. I’d forgotten about it until passing it again this summer about five years after my last fly-bye, and because of this I wasn’t prepared. This became a shot across the back of the car, through the window. Therefore, I had to massage every last pixel out of it to make it as I saw it – calm and light, but still very grounded. Louisiana is so green!
The stand alone
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November 4, 2013

Abbreviated tree line

I have a very good memory, most of the time. If you put a list of 20 things in front of me, then take it away after I’ve read them over twice, I’ll remember 19 of them (in order) the rest of the day. If you have me drive a piece of road for an hour and ask me to recall significant landmarks in reverse order several hours later, I can probably name 15 with ease.

This became very apparent when I used to drive chunks of Louisiana on a daily basis. Down there, nobody gives lock-down directions you can follow on a map – they all flip a landmark or two into the navigating, like “turn at the fourth big house down the second dirt road.” It can get confusing if you aren’t paying attention. Anyway, there’s this little stretch of road going west out of Alexandria called 28 West, and just outside of town, where it narrows to two lanes and rises up a ridge and past a dwelling or two, there’s this opening on the left to Tunk’s. I went right past it last time I was there, but you should eat there. This is the view I took from that little trip.
Abbreviated tree line
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June 13, 2013

The trees & the vines | A full year of blogging

As mentioned, this is officially the end of a calendar year of blogging in this space. Thanks to the leap year it required a 366th day, although I finished the 365-day-straight photo posting yesterday. I think it was a successful year with 271 people following neverphoto.com and 459 followers on Google+. If you’re not on G+, do it! This photo is a bit of a departure from what I normally do, and I’m not sure it is totally my style, but it is the end of a year. Might as well go out with something different.The trees & the vines
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April 17, 2013

Private park vertical

This is the vertical view from a little park on the west edge of The Loop. It’s a funny little place, because it might be private, but you can’t tell. There are no signs up saying you’re not welcome, but nobody walks through it. There were maybe four others in this little quarter-block part of the city. I saw at least three or four other good shots while lining this one up, but I decided that the nature of the place suggested to be discrete. I kind of stayed to the side, pointed my lens up a few times and snapped away for ten minutes.
Private park vertical
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April 5, 2013

Tree over tree, over tree, over tree… in the snow

This will probably be the last snow shot I post for some time. I might have one or two in my pocket that I can pull out on a sunny day, but I’m not sure I’ll go back to them before it snows again, and it looks like that will be the case for a long time. We’ll be in the 60s this weekend (17 degrees Celsius). That means all the complaining about cold is fading for a warmer clime.

This shot from two years ago is the result of a backyard shoot the morning following an overnight four-inch snow. The best snows are those that are slightly wet, so the snow has an opportunity to outline the branches. Personally, I like smaller storms when there’s about equal part white and black of the branches.
Tree over tree, over tree...
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January 7, 2013

African bush trees

The grain in my last photo had me remembering this one. It’s not a very big file and won’t blow up well, because it is taken in 2006 on an older camera without the megapixels needed for that sort of thing. This bend in a South African dirt road leads to a herd of zebra or a hippo watering hole or a couple of giraffes grazing in some trees. I don’t remember anymore. It’s been six years since, which is unbelievable to me. The flight took 15 hours down from Washington D.C. and 17 back with a stop in Senegal. I’ll never forget the beret-wearing security detail jumping on the flight and scouring the plane – even looking behind the TV sets in the seats. One thumbed through my magazine while another blocked the door with a machine gun. We sat with our bags in our laps at midnight as an hour passed. Then on to D.C. feeling a bit less naive about how the world works. The views were worth it.
African bush trees
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December 4, 2012

Napalm Christmas

I can sense there will be a ton of Christmas lights on the blog this December. I’ve stumbled across quite a few brilliant displays, and by brilliant I mean intelligent. I don’t get into lavish color displays. I tend to like the more simple and elegant ones. This in particular looked to me like the trees are on fire. From a distance I did a double take.

I set up at the end of the driveway in a fairly busy road. No cars came except for the owners rolling up. I told them I was sorry to be photographing their house, but their trees were kind of awesome! They loved it. I could tell I wasn’t the first to shoot their home.
Napalm Christmas
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November 30, 2012

Blue car, blue trees, yellow light

That yellow-gold glow in Chicago from the streetlights helps the blues stand out. This dusty old car was left standing illegally on a cold night last year in front of a residential skyscraper. To promote the new apartments across the street the owners used the oddly-colored lights to create some buzz or bling. They certainly stood out. In fact, they still stand out. They’ve never turned them off. The lights continue to glow at the western edge of the loop each and every night.

By the way, I’m not much of a car guy. I have no idea what this make or model might be. I keep wanting to call it a Plymouth Duster, but that’s only because it’s dusty and strange. Can anyone help me out and tell me what it is? I’m actually very curious.
Blue car, blue trees, yellow light
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