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Bending in Unison

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 2 February 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

This rather busy scene just callied to me as we enjoyed a short Sunday walk in the snow. I was taken by the sight of the trees leaning in unison and the view downward towards the main road and creek. The mass of limbs and branches tends to "busy up" this view perhaps a bit too much, really. But the sight of it was still pleasing to me. If you can make out the road, just beyond it lies "The Bushkill Creek" and adjacent walking path which has provided us with many peasant walks and images through the seasons here. Sunday, It was good to just get out for a short while after being under the weather for so long!


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Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Definitely a busy shot Denny but I can see the appeal! The weight of the snow seems to be bending the trees downwards. Glad to hear you are back to your normal self; these mid-winter colds/flus can be brutal! ;-)

2 Feb 2011 1:04pm

@Eric Cousineau: HI Eric - Thank you...I treid to crop it differently but to the left is a rather unsightly road going down and to the left is just a mass of I have this.....probably should have gotten another shot elsewhere but I truly loved the looks of the trunks.The trees are mature and they just grew this way over time - wild, eh!?

Franz from Baden, Austria

this has a truly graphic appeal, denny, with the snowy side of the branches pointing our way! i like it, even though you think it's (too) busy!

2 Feb 2011 1:17pm

@Franz: Hi Franz - Than you. As I mentioned to Eric, I did not have much alternative to the composition we see here...but I, too, loved the look of the trunks....Oh well, you can't win them all ;-) Thanks Franz!!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Hi Denny - so happy to hear you are on the mend :)
I like the way the snow appears to be bending the branches down toward the road below. I can see why you like walking there - it looks like such a lovely place.
Hope you have a fantastic day and that your health continues to improve. I am actually home from work today because we are in the middle of a massive snow storm right now, expecting anywhere between 25-35 centimeters before this evening. Good day to be inside.

2 Feb 2011 3:02pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Hi Sharon - Thank you so much...very honestly I am at work today and was just about to sneak on your site and comment on that beautiful image....We had terrible ice last night on top of the 18 inches of snow (what's that around 45-46 centimeters, I think) and now we have a delightful combination of what I would call "Fro-slush-snow" ...i.e. Frozen slush and snow"..Oh it is just wonderful to drive in...I know you are getting lots of snow - hang in there!! And thank you for your very kind - too kind - comment about this image today...;-)

Monterey John from Carmel, CA, United States

Eeeek, evil white stuff! I got out of Dodge just in time! :)

2 Feb 2011 5:27pm

@Monterey John: Hi John...Ahh it's not so bad..but it would be way better if people knew how to drive in it anymore.. Take care!

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

The trees are wonderful as they lean over in the snow to hear some very
hushed secret confidence. Very wonderful still as we come down the hill
and encounter this beautiful scene. Magnifique capture, Denny.

2 Feb 2011 5:40pm

@Phil David Morris: Hi Phil - Thannk you so much! I am truly privelaged to receive comments from you - congratulations on your year!! Stay Well!

Nicou from SionHello, Switzerland


Très belle compo et iamge, superbe ces branches ce rendu avec la neige, splendide.

Bravo et amitié

2 Feb 2011 5:45pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire très aimable. J'ai aussi aimé la neige car elle reposait sur les branches

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like this composition, Denny. The trees in the front provide a strong foreground element that helps give the eye a place to start and return.

2 Feb 2011 6:05pm

@Julie Brown: Well thank you Julie, it's nice of you to say..I truly did like the snow there, but the overall shot... well, let's just say .I am a biit regretful that I posted it....Not exactly scambling for something to put for tomorrow ;-) Thanks though!

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Nicely captured, Denny - and how very timely on this day where winter just won't stop for you guys. Stay safe and warm.

2 Feb 2011 6:43pm

@Stephen Phillips: Hi Stephen - thank you very much. Quite honestly after 20 years in San Diego - I am truly "digging" the snow and winter...What DOES amaze me is that I was rasised in N orthern California (Roseville) not far from the snow and so I had plenty of "snow training"...many drivers back here act as if they have never seen the stuff and are totally clueless and panic at the first flake...brakes go on and speeds go down to a crawl. The first rule of driving in the snow is "keep momentum" I don't know how many times I have come up behind a panickled driver going up the hill so slowly that they roll back down...come on people - move it!!!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A nice graphic that would make a great jigsaw puzzle. Cool.

2 Feb 2011 11:59pm

@Steve Rice: Now THERE'S an idea ;-) Thanks, Steve!!

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Bowing to some unseen authority, well seen.

3 Feb 2011 1:14am

@Ralph Jones: Indeed....Thank you sir!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

There is always something particularly beautiful about the branches outlined in snow, as you have here. They show off line in ways that we don't normally see, showing us again just how beautiful trees are.

3 Feb 2011 2:16am

@GJC: I quite agree, GJC! I love that look as always draws me in...Cheers!

Julie from Easton, United States

The branches almost look like fingers reaching out! Cool find there Denny! I guess Sunday was the day to get out and take some pics! Hubby and I also walk that path or bike ride. Hopefully one day we will see you guys there!

3 Feb 2011 3:03am

@Julie: Hi Julie - Thannk you so much...yes it was not a bad day really!!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I don't think it's busy. I'd call it wintery and I like it.

3 Feb 2011 4:00am

@B. Thomas: Just in time for the SB, You get the winter as well...I'll bet JJ is fit to be tied ;-) Thanks Barbara!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Interesting what gravity can do with plant growth. I like how the snow highlights the branches, making them stand out nicely. And not "busily" either. ;-)

3 Feb 2011 4:20am

@Steven: Hi Steven - Thanks very much..that's what did it - gravity..I appreciate your comment!

Becky from los angeles, United States

So beautiful - it looks as though they are taking a walk too. You're the best. : )

8 Feb 2011 1:16am