On Trees

Over twelve years ago, a gift of a digital camera re-opened my interest in photography. I have recently been revisiting my earliest digital photographs.

Lately, I have been thinking about trees a lot, so in these revisits I have been looking at where and when trees appear in my digital “archives”. Here are some of those “early” photographs.

This pasture oak is was seen on an early spring walk to the north of my house.

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Another of these early tree pictures is from a late April  trip to Washington, DC.

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The branches of budding elms on the White House grounds caught my eye.

I am lucky to be able to visit southern Costa Rica almost every year.

To enter Costa Rica is to enter a whole new tree world.

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The house where we stay has some fine palm trees next to it.

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According to our Tico neighbor, these palms are a hundred to a hundred fifty years old. 


In Costa Rica, about nine degrees above the equator, the trees are not like the trees of the north.

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Fluted shapes of tree trunks, and curves of buttress roots. 


A young trailside ceiba tree, with its powerful thorns. .

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A look up a palm tree trunk.

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On a path to the river there is a tree with gloriously white bark.

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This tree gets a revisit every time we’re there.



Glorious are the orange flowers of the poró tree.

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In this “back” country, men and horses still bring home chainsaw-milled planks.

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If we don’t kill the planet, and if we don’t cut down all the trees, the trees will keep on treeing.

My dream is a world where we love and respect and honor trees so well that we don’t need to set aside special places for them.

I will keep on taking photos of trees.

Here is a picture from just a few days ago.

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Red oaks, swamp maples, and beetlebungs at dawn, West Tisbury, Massachusetts. 


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