Sometimes you’re just walking in the woods, surrounded by natural visions and you are suddenly drawn back into the human world. The other morning I was walking along the path and saw the tree of Figure 1 in my peripheral vision. Like I said, i was drawn back – but in a pleasing way. It was reminiscent of Picasso’s 1942 sculpture now in the MOMA in New York City – The Bull’s Head.
It is not uncommon for trees to remind us of other things – of people or animals. Indeed, early on in my digital photography days, I started a project which I called The Quest for the Ents. The Ents are, of course, the tree people of Tolkein’s Middle Earth. They symbolize a mythic animation of the forest. And they symbolize its terrible loss as well. There are no young Ents, becuase the Ent Wives have long disappeared.
Canon T2i with EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens at 100 mm, ISO 800, Aperture Priority AE Mode 1/500th sec at f/9.0, with -1 exposure compensation.