Stills V3

March 18, 2009

fallen stand of plantation conifers

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:50



  1. On seeing this two thoughts occurred. The first was that I saw similar destroyed areas of trees on our recent trip, with my camera round my neck and didn’t think there was a picture there (WRONG!). Then I thought about our trip to Harris where we were shown a 50 year old plantation planted for tax reasons in an inappropriate area where many of the 50 year old trees were only a few metres tall (some horizontal) and not economic to harvest.

    This is an ‘I wish’ picture

    Comment by Rex — March 18, 2009 @ 22:05

  2. I’m sorry. Three cold pictures in a row? Didn’t anybody tell you people that winter is just barely over?

    That gripe out of the way, I’ve tried taking pictures like this repeatedly, but I can never get them to work as well as this. You’ve managed the texture, which is always the part that trips me up.

    Comment by matt — March 19, 2009 @ 11:13

  3. The story here is the trees. I’m thinking that there is too much environment and not enough tree. That said the balance works well. The left side notch in the central line breaks the line up sufficiently and “holds” the falling trees.

    Comment by Colin — March 20, 2009 @ 20:17

  4. Wow! With all that action everything seems to be in the right place. A complete surprise in the amount of order you can make from Mother Nature’s offerings.

    Comment by akikana — March 23, 2009 @ 12:29

  5. Ah – more trees in distress. Nicely done. Although the “story here is the trees”, I’m also very interested in the foreground plants in snow.

    Comment by Christina — March 24, 2009 @ 02:11

  6. I think this needs the foreground to emphasise the orientation, otherwise the trees would seem like the picture was tilted. I like the way the hints of colour break it up.

    Comment by doonster — March 24, 2009 @ 20:31

  7. As Rex says, many plantations all over the UK were planted as tax breaks as a consequence of the post-war policy of encouraging self-sufficiency in timber in the UK. That has stopped in the last ten years as the Forestry Commission moved to disbursing money to encourage more deciduous planting. A lot of conifer stands around us have been felled recently and when trees nearer the centre with weaker root systems are left they tend to get blown down in gales. It will be interesting to see what comes in their place as the returns on deciduous trees are probably too long term for the average owner of land of this nature.

    Comment by John Ellis — March 25, 2009 @ 07:57

  8. The texture and detail would be lovely enough to satisfy me, but I do very much like the story of the trees. I read this right to left and can feel the trees lean closer and closer to the snow. The looks like wind howling to me and feels cold and lonely. I can’t get enough of it.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — March 27, 2009 @ 21:39

  9. I have just read “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Jean Giono, do a quick google for a pdf version, easy read.

    I am trying to read the composition here but seem to be failing apart from the 50/50 split.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — March 29, 2009 @ 10:46

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