The Outside Story

This photo was taken on May 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM
The location was in Bethesda, Maryland.
The "Take It!" came from taking a closer look at the surface of a rotting stump that had been decomposing for many years.  The sunlight was just right to give the subtle shading to the unusual grain pattern that had been exposed due to the falling off of the bark. 
Trees offer so much mystery in what events of nature help to shape them in life and sometimes reveal the results long after they have ceased living.  
The After Take: This was truly a spontaneous photo.  I had just closed up the car and picked up a bucket for gathering some samples when I happened to take this closer look.  Even though I had put the momentum into play to walk to my objective, I stopped myself to capture this bit of soothing viewing of nature on display.
We are so fortunate to be living in a visual candy store.
PS: After showing this to several people and looking at it myself a few more times - the initial story is still correct - but there is a deserving another.   It is the similarity  to a possible satellite photo down onto Earth to catch a Glacier or a river . The flow comparison seems similar. 

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Gabe (Friday, 16 May 2014 12:25)

    It almost looks warped somehow.

  • #2

    Jim (Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:34)

    This reminds me of one of the guessing photos from a couple months ago.

  • #3

    Sally (Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:36)

    Interesting how it takes an immediate 90 degree right turn. The would pattern that is.

  • #4

    Yuppie7 (Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:36)

    Has the bark come off the tree? It looks abnormally smooth.

  • #5

    Mike (Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:37)

    Anyone else see a face in there or am I crazy?

  • #6

    Livin4love (Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:38)

    Its been a couple weeks since I've checked. Got a nice little catalog of photos to look through. Keep up the great work!

  • #7

    whutzzat (Monday, 19 May 2014 16:39)

    Yuppie7 The bark had fallen off a long time ago - helping I am sure to give the surface its special look.

    Mike - congratulations on seeing a face. I had not looked for any nor had one made itself shown. Please let us in on where you see a face, Thank you

    Thanks to everyone for your interesting and enjoyable comments.