Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Trees of Winter


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The skeletal trees of winter always mean the deciduous forests of the north, no matter where in the world such trees may have been transplanted. A momentary blue sky through flying clouds outlined these groping, gothic boughs on a winter's afternoon in December 2006, as I walked through Ropner Park, in Stockton, Yorkshire, UK. This is a 19th century park which has recently been restored to its early form, and it's quite amazing how much has been done with comparitively little land. A lake, a playing field, gardens, forest, a bandstand, a tea room, all very scenic -- and here, with a touch of seasonal melancholy as the leaves were falling and showers went through. The photograph was simply a frame-and-shoot, and was enhanced with tweaks to colour, contrast and sharpness. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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