Portraits of Nature
I would not call myself a nature photographer by any means. When I do shoot outdoor scenes, it is usually not to showcase nature (or my mediocre skills and equipment) but to call attention to the patterns and arrangements I see. Here are some examples, taken from 2006 to 2019. Compiling these images, I was surprised to find how often I shoot nature in portrait mode. Well, so be it.
I only wish I could share 24-inch x 36-inch prints with you, instead of these 600-pixel wannabes.
• Success Story — Hilton Head, SC (2006). Vines are like Olympians — some suffer setbacks, others reach new heights.
• Bark Crack Network — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC (2006). I have probably taken enough tree bark photographs to fill a mulch yard, where the majority of them no doubt belong.
• Prickly Pear — Tubac, AZ (2019). I believe this species is the mission cactus, Opuntia ficus-indica.
• Buttonbush Flower — Pisgah Forest, NC (2007). The Cradle of Forestry has always been one of our favorite, easy nature walks.
• Tower of Rhododendrons — Pisgah Forest, NC (2007). Another beautiful scene from the Cradle of Forestry. The rhododendrons bloom in late June in these parts.
• Hickory Nut Falls — Chimney Rock, NC (2006). The creek that falls 404 feet here is named, unimaginatively, Fall Creek.
• Tree in Craggy Gardens — Black Mountain, NC (2012). An appreciation of a rugged survivalist.
• Turkey Tail Fungus — Pisgah Forest, NC (2008). Believe it or not, this common fungus is being sold in ground form for $350/pound by specialty mushroom purveyors. It’s all about the beta-glucans.
• Clematis Still Life — Asheville, NC (2021). Spent flower buds from some of the clematis vines in our yard.
• Frosty Lamb’s Ear — Asheville, NC (2006). Probably the “Silver Carpet” variety, Stachys byzantina, a member of the mint family.
• On Frozen Pond — Flat Rock, NC (2007). An oak leaf frozen into the surface of a pond at Carl Sandburg’s farm.
• Early Riser — Ottawa, Canada (2013). Tulips in a bed on Parliament Hill.