Old tree and mountain


30 responses

  1. Love the colour of the stone.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

    • I’m told it’s white granite, Helen…sometimes referred to as “Temple Granite,” as it was used for the Mormon temple here in SLC….

      January 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  2. Wonderful photo!

    January 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

    • Thank you, Yvonne. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  3. So very bleak. Rather fitting for this time and place. Still, there’s so much more there than first meets the eye. I didn’t realize the scale of the rock until I zoomed in to see the tiny trees clinging to the mountain top. You must have been pretty much above the tree line or close to it.

    January 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

    • Those were some pretty low-hanging almost-snow clouds, Gunta…I’m glad you thought it a fitting image, too. When I was trying to find a title for the picture on this first day of the year, the elements of clouds, snow, the dead and decaying tree, and the seeming eternal rock struck me as symbols and markers of Time in its passing…. And actually…I was on the other side of the canyon, trying to get an unobstructed view of the rocks in the clouds…the branches that you can see in the bottom right corner, as well as the dead tree, were right there next to the trail, or just a bit in front of me…as I was shooting upward. This just happens to be a mostly bare slab of the rock…that is still supporting the lives of those trees up there. How nice that you were looking so closely. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  4. Beautiful work Scott… one can learn a lot by studying your photographic masterpieces! ~ Joy and Love to you for 2013! ~ Miss RL

    January 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

    • You are very kind, Miss Robyn…thank you. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  5. Superb picture Scott. As Gunta said, the scale is remarkable and as you know, it’s something I love about your pictures. 🙂

    January 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    • Thank you very much, Adrian…and yes, I know how you love the scale! 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

  6. A great start to your new year, Scott–looking forward to lots more of your very good work!

    January 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    • Thank you for the nice words, Gary; I’m glad you’ll be visiting. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  7. Crag, as in craggy peak, was the first word that came to mind so I’m going to roll with it.

    January 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  8. Whoa……this is a classic with its limited colours and contrasting subject matter in the clouds…..a stunner Scott.

    January 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    • Thank you, John…very much.

      January 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  9. Really a pretty shot, Scott!

    January 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • Thank you, Terry. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  10. Liana

    golly, Batman, you sure can take a picture!

    January 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    • Making my heart smile, Liana. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  11. victoriaaphotography

    Wow! Love that colour of the stone and the composition looks so striking with the bare-limbed tree.

    January 2, 2013 at 2:32 am

    • I like the “Wow!” Victoria…thank you. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  12. You’ve captured the bleak isolation of this place so well, Scott. The contrast between the skeletal remains of the tree and the iced rocks really speaks. The subtle toning is a nice addition too.

    January 2, 2013 at 2:39 am

    • Thank you very much, Andy…I appreciate the technical feedback.

      January 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  13. A very atmospheric image, Scott. I’m sitting listening to some atmospheric classical music on the radio right now and the two together remind me of the beginning sequence of a sci-fi movie.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer…what a mix…I can almost picture it on the big-screen. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  14. Looks like a still from Lord of the Rings. I can hear Grieg or maybe even Wagner playing in the background…

    (And that was before I read Meanderers’ comment :-))

    January 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    • I hadn’t thought of it in those terms, Finn…but I do understand how it could look that way, some fantasy-suspense-drama setting, not knowing what type of creature was going to come out from the crags…with the sounds of Wagner in the background…. I like it. 🙂

      January 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  15. elmediat

    Beautiful composition. It has a mystical other-worldly quality. As Finn stated, it suggests a scene from an epic fantasy.

    January 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Elmediat…thank you. 🙂

      January 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

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