Friday, February 6, 2009

Frozen Lightning

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This tree is almost creepy... Heavily cut-back long ago, 'polarded' is the term, the tree has regrown much of its mass from the truncated stumps of its main stems, which remain like severed limbs amongst the tracery of new boughs. And winter turns those new boughs into a pattern like the fans of lace coral, or lightning suspended and rendered in negative. Add a stormy sky and you have an image of the ability of life to transcend even radical attempts to defeat it. This was a simple telephoto image taken at the village of Avebury, Wiltshire, in December 2006. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic exposure. Image by Mike.

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