To have drifted like these….

These photographs were taken somewhere between one and two miles up into Little Cottonwood Canyon along the shore of its very own stream or creek.  The running body of water actually begins about nine miles east of where these pictures were made…up into the canyon, just past the ski town of Alta, at a small-ish alpine lake called Cecret Lake…with that spelling.  The lake is situated at about 11,500 feet in elevation…and eleven miles down from there, at around 4,500 feet, the stream enters the Salt Lake City metropolitan area….  So, these pieces of wood may have traveled all of those miles or only some of them…and maybe came from around 7,000 feet higher than where I found them…at any rate, I think they’re rather pretty…rich in color the way the earth is…from whence they came…and where they shall return in their elemental forms….

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30 responses

  1. Lovely images.
    I always admire the beauty in weathered wood and wood grains/bark.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

    • Thank you, Victoria…they do have some beautiful colors and textures, don’t they?

      July 25, 2012 at 8:02 am

  2. Excellent series . . . I might have taken #4 for my yard. It has the visage of a horse.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

    • Thank you, Emilio…I can see a bit of a horse in there…you must have a beautiful yard…. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

      • It’s OK . . . but save for one piece, it’s devoid of driftwood.

        July 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

        • I’m sure you could go scour some streams out there in your nearby mountains….

          July 25, 2012 at 8:13 am

  3. Amazing shots!
    Once upon a time I used to collect driftwood and create furniture and accessories out of them!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

    • Thank you, Madhu…I’m sure they were beautiful accessories and furniture…there’s something about driftwood….

      July 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

  4. Beautiful, reminds me of weathered bone. The similarities in nature are astounding!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Thank you, Bonnie…I have mistaken pieces of bone for wood, and vice versa, having found them on the trail together. And yes, those similarities can be astounding sometimes. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

  5. These are really good Scott. Lovely images! 🙂

    July 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook. I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

  6. I love driftwood and would have had a hard time not packing it all out of there. Many of the pieces here are beautiful.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

    • I thought they were rather beautiful, too, Allen…and there certainly was a temptation to take some of them home with me. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

  7. Like the colors and textures. Your driftwood is quite different from mine. Stands to reason.

    I bet it’s a lot easier packing it out in your camera than dragging it along home with you. 😉 (at least that’s what I’ve found)

    July 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    • Yes, there’s a bit of difference between yours and mine, Gunta…yours have traveled the wide and salty oceans and mine just tumbled down a stream for a little bit. And I can imagine the difficulty in dragging yours home, too…. That’s funny. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

  8. Lovely old bones of trees. Driftwood inspires a kind of reverence that nothing else above ground does, I think

    July 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    • They are lovely like that, aren’t they George…and very inspiring…something about beauty and resilience, the wear of time and travels bringing out the character within….

      July 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

  9. Weathered bones from trees long gone. Beautiful captures!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    • Thank you, Dezra. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

  10. That’s really pretty stuff! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

    July 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    • Thank you, Terry…and no, you’re not alone in admiring this bit of nature. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

  11. Wonderful natural earthy colour tones.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer…I found that striking, as well.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

  12. Hi Scott. Your photos have made the formal out of the informal, neat relationships out of the chaos. Well sorted…….. this….. finding neat compositions out of disorder, I find quite difficult to do.

    July 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    • Thank you so much, John…it seems that they rather brought themselves together, somehow. Such nice words….

      July 26, 2012 at 7:03 am

  13. Beautiful forms, colour and texture. 🙂

    July 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…I thought of your series when I was assembling the post. I’m glad you like them…. 🙂

      July 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

  14. A lovely series of photos, exploring forms, texture, light and colour. If only the drift wood could be able to tell their story!

    July 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    • Very nice words, Otto…thank you. 🙂

      And yes, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the drift wood could tell us where they’ve been and what they’ve seen….

      July 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

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