Carmichael (CA), Oak Tree Bark Layers, Contrast, Monochrome

ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/4, 1/80 sec
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael, CA

This photograph was process and cued up ready for blogging on 3/13/2015.  It shortly after this date that I made the decision to stop blogging for the foreseeable future in order to focus on other aspects of life.

There are currently less than 10 photographs in the portfolio that “make the cut” and are possible photographs for this blog.  So there is still a long ways to go before I can build that portfolio up again.

But for a moment, let us get back to the photograph at hand.  In the middle of suburbia in Sacramento, there are pockets of nature and wildlife, with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center being a stand-out. Yet in the midst of the deer, squirrels, birds, and multiple flocks female turkeys being courted by the tom (male) turkeys, it was the trunk of this long dead tree.  Though we were not quite sure what cause its demise or what happened after, it was still a striking to look at.  Blackened interior, a curved white middle layer, and then the remaining outer bark.  Trees have always been her thing, another connection to nature. something most of us pass by without a thought.  It was worth going “off trail” to see up close.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/4, 1/80 sec

Carmichael (CA), Oak Tree Bark Layers, Contrast, Monochrome.  Carmichael, CA. March 07, 2015. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.