A large old oak

Big oak and sunrise8x10©

Big Oak in Winter8x10©

Hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start!

So obviously I have a thing for trees, they are just fascinating to me.  These two photos were taken just over 4 months apart of a tree I found while, what we call in Texas, riding the back roads. I didn’t know what I would find but I had spent some time on Google maps, outlining a 2 hour round trip. I knew the area I wanted to travel but didn’t know the county roads. County roads for those who are unfamiliar are narrow rural roads, usually not well taken care of and can be hard on your vehicle but they go through some beautiful country. It’s not unusual to see deer, hogs, coyotes and other wildlife while riding these roads. The first time I went this route I left my house a good 30 minutes before daylight so I would be in a new area as the sun came up. As the dawn began to break I was driving down a hilly winding road that was pretty but not a lot of eye catching photographs, then as the sun started to break through I topped out on a small hill and saw this beautiful old oak tree.

I think now it is its symmetry that I was attracted to with this particular tree, most Red Oaks are not this symmetrical. After spending several minutes working the area trying different angles and settings,  I found that shooting it straight on was the best route. I was actually photographing through a pipe fence,as trespassing is one of the quickest ways to get shot down in this part of the country, I opted to stay on the outside looking in. The top photograph was taken back in the late summer on August 12 with my lens set on 28mm. The second photograph, one of my favorites, was taken on December 28th in the late afternoon with the lens on 40mm.

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