Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gnarls Barkley

A closeup view showing the gnarly, abstract growth pattern of the Engelmann Oaks growing all over thousands of acres at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. This species is now found only in far southwest California; this area near Murrieta and one other east of San Diego are the only two remaining large stands.
The colors around here are rather bland in the summer but can be really nice in the fall, especially in the right weather.  In this particular view, I wanted to concentrate on the complicated texture of the limbs, so I felt that monochrome would be the best approach.


Merisi said...

The way you captured the tree captures its soul, the monochrome scheme was an excellent choice.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I am late to arrive and yet, alas, I have. What a marvelous image, such wonderful, wonderful tree. Thank you always for your shares. Come visit my way too~