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Stupid Nature Photography

I’m obsessed (as I tend to be) with two things this week:

1. My awesome new camera, a Canon Digital Rebel T3i that I got for mother’s day. I know, spoiled much? I also got 10 ballet classes at my favorite studio, a new set of silverware and handmade jewelry. Jason has two settings: 0 (a Snuggi, still in the Walmart bag from where it was purchased) and 100 million (this year). Gotta love him for it.

2. This crazy tree in the desert just East of my house. It’s this old, wacky dead-looking thing with lots of knots and branches at strange angles. It was already cool in kind of  a creepy, belongs on a haunted street in front of a haunted house with haunted bats living in it kind of way. Like that tree in the Berenstain Bears book, Spooky Old Tree. Have you read that one? It’s a favorite around here. The point is, this tree could have been that tree.

Then, last week, the tree exploded in tiny purple flowers. It was completely unexpected to me (though admittedly, I know little about things that grow, so the tiny tomatoes that have been appearing from behind the flowers on my tomato plants has been pretty unexpected to me, too). The tree didn’t grow leaves or anything, it just sprouted these gorgeous lavender blossoms all over the grey, rotten-looking wood. I thought it was stunning. It’s like the Helen Mirren of trees. It’s not trying to hide its age; just managing to look amazing in spite (and moreover, because) of it.

I’ve been so captivated by this tree and excited about my new camera that even though as a rule I think nature photography is lame and boring, I’ve been out on the side of the road obsessively photographing the tree. So, since it’s Nearly Wordless Wednesday (300ish words is ‘nearly wordless’ for me, haven’t you learned that yet?), you’re getting my tree pictures. Stop rolling your eyes; it’s a cool tree. And I won’t make this a habit. I’ll try to keep most of my Portrait of a Lone Saguaro at Sunrise photo essays to myself. Probably. Unless it’s a really cool Saguaro.

9 Responses to Stupid Nature Photography

  1. Very cool, but one pic probably would have been enough. Obesessive indeed! 😉

    • Yes, Jane. I probably could have cut some of the middle few. But I figured they’re easy to scroll through if you’re bored with them, right? and please, I’d have had to do at least 2 (the first and the last), right? would it have been a stronger set if I just used those two? *le sigh*

  2. I have been obsessed with nature photography lately (ever since a month ago when I learned a small bit on how to use my almost 4 year old DSLR…grr)… Anyhow I love love love the pics and your obsession – you can send them to me and we can obsess together – LOL!

    • We should totally talk cameras on Sunday (at Laura Ps)! that’s about how long I’ve been learning to use my DSLR that I’ve had a million years too! Bring yours. We’ll share tips.

  3. Love the last sunset pic! Beautiful.

  4. I want to enlarge the last one and hang it in my living room! Nice photos. Gotta love that Jason.

  5. I think it might be a desert willow, but can’t really tell because there’s not a close up of the blossoms. Maybe a redbud? I love landscape photography!

  6. You’d think Sting’s ‘Desert Rose’ would be more popular around here.

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