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Another Magnificent Tree

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 11 March 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

It won't be long before all of the trees will be leafed out.

[We need] to embrace a "new bottom line" in which corporations, social practices, government policies and individual behaviors are judged rational, efficient or productive not only if they maximize money or power, but also to the extent that they maximize love and caring, kindness and generosity, ethical and ecological sensitivity, enhance our capacity to treat others as embodiments of the sacred and to respond with awe, wonder, and radical amazement at the grandeur of the universe.

- Rabbi Michael Lerner

NIKON D700 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 200 40 mm (35mm equiv.)

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

very interesting quote and a great B&W processing my friend!

11 Mar 2009 5:15am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

This is another magnificent tree! Love the branches.

11 Mar 2009 5:54am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful shot and BW I like this treatment

11 Mar 2009 5:58am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

I wonder how old this wonderful tree is? Its superb!!

11 Mar 2009 6:12am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

Indeed magnificent!! and so beautiful in B&W!!

11 Mar 2009 6:12am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

oh oui !! très beaux contrastes ! bravo !

11 Mar 2009 6:16am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Very nice B&W !!

11 Mar 2009 6:16am

rokhsana from tehran, Iran

great contrast and details,very beautiful shot

11 Mar 2009 6:26am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Great shot, Jack! I love shots of trees - this is such an interesting one with the formation of the branches.

11 Mar 2009 6:27am

Darin from Seattle, United States

Some really nice trees in your neighborhood...

11 Mar 2009 6:59am

@Darin: Our conversation about B&W motivated me to do this one in B&W.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

I like the contrast in your shot! Mankind is too stupid and greedy to embrace Lerner's bottom line.

11 Mar 2009 8:09am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

perfect and lovely capture

11 Mar 2009 8:37am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

What a nice graphics tortuous! Wonderful compostion! The tree of life!

11 Mar 2009 9:05am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

traitement lumière, traitement contraste, bravo John.

11 Mar 2009 9:08am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Another wonderful shot.. light and the shadow are great!

11 Mar 2009 9:17am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

:)Nice one.

11 Mar 2009 9:56am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Beautiful tree

11 Mar 2009 9:57am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

magnificent is the right word indeed ! beautiful B&W and processing, like a drawing !

11 Mar 2009 10:23am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

What a meaningful quote that is ... to go along with what I suspect is an aged Oak.
B 'n W is good for this image ... and maybe you'll do other seasons of it too. :D

11 Mar 2009 10:53am

Ajay from Pune, India

What a amazingly unique quote this is!!! I wonder how it would have been if corporates were judges on those baselines right from the beginning, like it was a legal requirements. World would have been a better place, I think.

11 Mar 2009 12:52pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Both of these trees are spectacular!

11 Mar 2009 1:50pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Interesting processing,nice shot.

11 Mar 2009 3:21pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

The high contrast makes this beautiful tortuous tree very graphic.

11 Mar 2009 3:22pm

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

wow ! beautiful nature !

11 Mar 2009 4:04pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

ideal subject for black and white. I'm amazed at how sculptural this tree is -- all those twists and turns; corkscrew like. Well done and hope you're enjoying your getaway.

11 Mar 2009 4:08pm

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

wow, very nice processing, love the effect

11 Mar 2009 5:08pm

Barry from Kingwood, United States

Excellent B&W! The shadows really make this one pop. Take care. :)

11 Mar 2009 5:34pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Wow...I love trees like this. Nice capture.

11 Mar 2009 5:40pm

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Very nice shot - I like trees in their winter condition but I'm looking forward to the spring too ! ;-)

11 Mar 2009 6:59pm

lydia from Paris, France

A great shot , I like the way you present it too !

11 Mar 2009 7:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Fabulous image. The branches look like a Mandelbrot set.

11 Mar 2009 7:55pm

Sadaf Agah from tehran, Iran

wow ! beautiful shot ! when did u change ur camera ?

11 Mar 2009 8:18pm

@Sadaf Agah: Thanks. I've had the D700 about a week. I intend to still use my D300 for telephoto work.

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great shot. Really like the b/w processing.

11 Mar 2009 8:28pm

k@ from France

Love trees but yours are the best !

11 Mar 2009 8:35pm

@k@: Thanks, K; they are incredible around here. It makes photographing easy!!

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

That is one knarly tree! I like your frame

11 Mar 2009 10:18pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Indeed it is such a magnificent tree and a magnificent capture and processing of it

11 Mar 2009 10:30pm

alex centrella from California, United States image..

11 Mar 2009 10:44pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Perfect title!!! It is indeed magnificent, and you did a magnificent job of capturing it!!

12 Mar 2009 12:22am

@Susan: Thanks, Susan.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a superb series of trees, I love these trees!

12 Mar 2009 1:20am

willow from United States

I couldn't agree more with your quote - I live for the day when we will all wake up and realize that there are so many things that matter infinitely more than the bottom line! I also really like your trees. This one looks so cold, so embrittled by the chill still in the air.

12 Mar 2009 1:48am

vu@granby Gilles Martineau from Granby, Québec, Canada

This tree iis very impressive with its branches very tortuous.

12 Mar 2009 1:58am

Cricket-Tammy from United States

I know and I cannot wait for the leaves to be everywhere. This is a fabulous image yet again.

12 Mar 2009 2:10am

Observing from North West, United Kingdom

A lovely shot Jack, it has a great vintage processing too.

12 Mar 2009 2:20am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Looks like a proud old Oak tree. I just like the way the branches twist. Great detail. Well done.

12 Mar 2009 2:34am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

I love the high contrast in this, Jack! It makes me focus on the details of the tree... the chaos of lines.

12 Mar 2009 4:00am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful! You can see the great structure of the branches very well, also because of the great post processing ... it's like an charcoal painting!

12 Mar 2009 4:13am

10Fraction from France

a terrific and contrast rich processing that suits perfectly this winter tree

12 Mar 2009 4:21am

socketless from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful treatment.

12 Mar 2009 4:57am

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Very nice...lovely details on that tree...a beauty...

12 Mar 2009 2:35pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

beautifully captured portraits of trees. you have a wonderful collection of images.
i enjoy the quotes and find your comments, caveats and statements to be beautifully rendered, they are interesting and thought provoking. thanks for including them! jim

13 Mar 2009 2:56am

@jim: Thank you, Jim; aminus3 provides us with quite a forum.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

cool effect I like it

13 Mar 2009 3:56am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love the bare branches as one can see the detail and the growth. So elegant!

14 Mar 2009 2:11pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks for all of your gracious comments today, Sharon.