Windswept Tree, Concrete Bunker, B&W

Marin Headlands, Marin, CA

Maybe not a photograph for everyone as this is more about shape and form than wide expanse landscapes.

Anyhow, we had decided to get out of the car for a brief stroll during our drive to Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands.  Along Conzulman Road there are what seem to be concrete bunkers, some with tunnels going through them and all with flat areas above to place large artillery guns.  These are the military batteries that protected the entrance to San Francisco Bay from potential attack from the sea.

While hiking up, through, and around this particular battery, I noticed this particular tree with a windswept lean to it that matched the angle of the concrete tunnel reinforcement next to it.  This ghost of a tree conformed to the hill around it.  I’m not sure how many more years this ghost tree will continue standing.  Like so many of the Cypress trees facing the ocean in the Bay Area, this tree was shaped by both the hillside it sat on and the wind that pushed it against the hillside.

Now that I’m looking at the photograph again on a laptop, I might want to go back and do some processing through Nik Software’s Silver EFex plugin as I’d like to see if I can darken the mood a bit on this obviously sun drenched photo.  I might even try out a square crop to see if the sky above the tree is unnecessary.

EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 32mm, ISO 200, 1/160 sec, f/7.1

Windswept Tree, Concrete Bunker, B&W. Marin Headlands, California. February 13, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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