Stump Grandeur


These photos were taken approximately 8 years ago.


The location was in White Post, Virginia.


The "Take It!" came during a walk through a field which once was a walnut tree grove.  The trees had been cut down as the new owner found they were not compatible with the horses which were planned to be grazing there.  The walnut wood is quite prized - thus a deal was easily made to have the trees cut down and taken away.  


As good fortune would have it - the stumps from the cut trees were not all removed - thus giving me access to look at the recently cut cross section of some of the stumps.  The color contrasts in the age rings of this tree were splendid.  I took four photos of the stump - each highlighting a part of the cut cross section to effect a close up color capture.  There is also some interesting chain sawing texture effects which seem to add to overall photos.


Shortly after having taken the photos - I had them enlarged and framed.  It took me a long time to find a suitable location to display them as they seem to be such a powerful display of plant life ended.  


I named the study - 'Stump Grandeur'  which was the option offered - rather than 'Stump Grinder' - which to our good fortune was not the direction taken.


Sometimes one is offered a new view - when something is removed or otherwise taken away. I try - to maintain a "look again" frame of mind - at all times. On many occasions it has offered wonderful rewards.


Wishing everyone my best,




PS: A special thanks to SF1967 for bringing attention to this set of photos found in a previous posting.

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Sally (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:21)

    The two middle photos are absolutely amazing. Wow, I have never seen such pronounced rings.

  • #2

    Jim (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:21)

    Now that is something I probably would have noticed and snapped a quick photo of on my phone.

  • #3

    GpaJake (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:23)

    Ever take the time to count the rings? I'd love to know how old it was, however my eyes aren't like they used to be and I can't see detail that small.

  • #4

    SF1967 (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:24)

    Great catch! I would love to see an actual copy of them from a printer scanner if you ever get the chance.

  • #5

    Gabe (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:25)

    That first stump would not make a good chair LOL.

  • #6

    MHampy (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:25)

    Oh wow, absolutely beautiful!

  • #7

    Teri (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:27)

    These are stunning, I'd love to see them w/o the glare. Our lunch group was amazed by these, although its unfortunate someone had to chop it down to gift you these wonderful pictures.