The photo was taken in Potomac Maryland at the same time as Rock Bottom
The "Take It!" Somehow the easy looking branch pattern on the first tree caught my eye and gave me a start to a photographic series dedicated to the shape of trees which is of course determined by their branch configuration. I am not trying to simplify this in any way, for it is quite complicated and have many influences based upon weather and temperatures among the many factors in play. The cloudy sky just seemed to be a great backdrop for each tree to emphasize the premise to the short study.
The After Take: This was and contiues to be a most enjoyable set of takes. To have 'Rock Bottom' be a part of the shoot and relating just makes it that much more fun to talk about. So, it was the composite of these that was related to all and gratefully everyone patiently listened to me relate the details of the find and the reasons why and seemed happy enough to draw a lot of their own conclusions when I finished. I find I am perhaps as much a story teller as I am a learning photographer. The combination of these responsibilities keeps my feet on the ground in many ways.
Photo # 1
This tree makes it all look easy. Sort of wine glass shape, branches that all seem to go upward. Why wouldn't every tree grow this way?
Photo # 2
This tree has a more complicated branch structure and a different final overall shape. Somehow the cloud cover seems to emphasize the right side of this tree. Odd how the right side seems more sparce and less unified in its shape than the left side, again this brought to my attention by the cloud cover.
Photo # 3
This tree seems to have the most hard scrabble in forming its shape. The funny part of this picture is the inclusion of the other tree coming in on the top of the picture. This overhead tree seemed to yell that it wanted to be included in the picture, so rather than fight it, I just let it make itself shown. The result, I believe, is rather cool.
Here is the hope you enjoy this little series show which I hope to add to in the future.