Roots

It rained overnight and so we didn’t hold out high hopes for today. We’ve stayed low: a bit of walking, exploring the back streets of Zermatt, and stopping to listen to music in the church square – part of a festival of food today and folklore tomorrow. Everything presents opportunities for a photographer. The images are piling up.

But, instead of dipping in today’s shoots, I’m going back to yesterday’s forest.

_DS70389_edited-1The trees – coniferous in the main – are ancient in some of the local forests. Their root systems have visible elements that are like the tentacles of an octopus. Here is one tree that sadly is merely a stunted trunk, but its superficial roots are clearly visible, bleached by the sun.

_DS70369_edited-1One of the joys of dithering in a forest, is the opportunity to find images that have texture and line and curve. And these roots provide some fascinating images, especially when the residual colour is stripped away and the contrast is raised.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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6 Responses to Roots

  1. The second shot (love it) makes me think of Minor White’s photos from Point Lobos, like this one.

  2. oneowner says:

    I agree with Linda. It’s a great photo, Andy.

  3. Len says:

    Lots of gnarly goodness in that second image Andy.

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