27 responses

  1. I really like the way you’ve processed this Scott. Lovely picture. It looks like a good bench to rest a while. 🙂

    May 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…and it is a very nice place to sit and rest a while…it faces the mountains…and it’s kind of hard to get up and leave after sitting there for a while looking at the natural beauty around you…. 🙂

      May 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

  2. Beautiful toning, Scott. A very inviting place.

    May 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

    • Thank you, Karen…and yes, very inviting. 🙂

      May 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

  3. Captures a whole lot of feeling here… beautiful!

    May 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

    • Yes, it does, Robyn…thank you. 🙂

      May 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

  4. What a great picture. I love that tree.

    May 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    • Me too, Allen…thank you. 🙂

      May 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  5. How beautiful…I’m trying to imagine what it must look like when it’s full of leaves! Thanks!

    May 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    • Thank you, Cathy…I might have to get out there for a follow-up shot. 🙂

      May 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  6. I’m going to run counter to most . . . to me it looks like an evil place.

    Knowing you’ll ask why, I’ll rationalize my initial “feeling” by coming up with something to justify it.

    The lack of leaves hints at something dead; the knurled branches, contorted saplings speak of torment and despair. The overall effect of the bench so near such a . . . malevolent-looking organic structure, speaks to a trap waiting to be sprung on the poor sapling that might chance to use it.

    May 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    • Well…counter-to-most isn’t a bad thing, Emilio, as you already know…and looking at the photo again with your explanation fresh in my mind, I can understand how it looks that way. A deeper question, now though, other than just “Why?” if we want to get all psychological about it, is why it might strike people in this manner and not others? But we probably answered that question the other day with the Geekbox Computer mural commentary…it strikes some that way because it does…because of the lives they have lived thus far, their experiences, things encountered whether they were aware of them or not…and that’s just the way it is. Thank you for sharing your perspective, Emilio…I wonder how many others thought the same thing, but didn’t acknowledge it….

      May 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      • . . . it could be because I just got done reading the Harry Dresden books, and he often battles dark forces . . . the dark tone of the photographs probably contributed toward triggering the association.

        As for how many might have thought so as well, but opted not to express it . . . once you have a comment or two giving a particular view point (i.e. “Oh! Pretty!!”), I imagine those who saw the same thing commented, and those who saw different opted not to stir the pot.

        The more interesting question is: how many with an opposite opinion, or no opinion at all, were swayed by the number of “Oh! Pretty!!” comments into seeing it as such?

        May 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        • Well there you go…just finish a dark book and you see darkness in a pretty tree. 🙂

          And yes, what we understand of psychology and sociology does tell us that people often withhold their opinion or voice a different one when they feel a certain pressure to conform…so as not to appear “different.”

          I like your “more interesting question,” too…and not just because you said it’s more interesting, but because I really do like it and find it interesting in and of itself. 🙂

          How many were swayed by the others’ opinions? Very good question.

          May 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  7. I love trees like this, and the bench turns the image from another photo of a tree to something special. Love it.

    May 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    • Thank you, Leanne…I’m rather fond of it myself…and love the effect of the bench, as well. 🙂

      May 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  8. This photo is absolutly fabolous, Seekraz!

    May 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

  9. Such a lovely old tree.

    May 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    • Yes, it is, Fergiemoto…thank you.

      May 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

  10. Oh wow, that is a magnificent tree! Very dramatic composition Scott!

    May 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    • Thank you, Madhu. 🙂

      May 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  11. I can see how some bloggers think it has a sinister feel, but I can’t help thinking what a lovelty place to sit and contemplate life when the tree has burst into leaf and it’s green!

    Terrific processing BTW, you’ve created a very special image.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    • I was thinking about the potential that was there, as well, Finn…all of the new green, facing the mountains with a slight breeze blowing.

      Thank you for your nice words. 🙂

      May 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

  12. How could I not like this??!!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

    • I don’t know…I think it’s rather cool…thank you for liking it. 🙂

      May 29, 2012 at 6:41 am

  13. It looks like a good place to sit and contemplate. Is the bench made out of metal or wood?

    June 5, 2012 at 7:12 am

    • It is a beautiful place to sit and contemplate, Meanderer…and it’s made out of metal…to be resilient in the weather, I would imagine.

      June 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

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