Tag Archives: Trees

Adirondack Colors

Fall is currently putting on a spectacular show in upstate NY.  We’ve had warm sunny days and incredible colors.  The only thing that is not good about Fall is the long winter that comes after.   We went on a little adventure to savor these amazing days and took a drive on the Powley-Piseco Rd. in Fulton County, NY.   It’s in the southern portion of the Adirondack Park.

If you live in the area and have an opportunity, I highly (Haile, get it?) recommend exploring this bit of paradise.

Here’s a few of my favorites from our day.

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Friday Finds: Patterns of Bark

Patterns are on the agenda for this Friday Find again, as last week.  As a lover of patters, I love to see how other people discover and portray patterns.

Cedric Pollet, a French botanical photographer and landscape architect, has created an amazing book, Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees   Yes, tree bark.  The images are stunning, rich with color and pattern.  His website has the bark images sorted by color; white, blue, pink, red, green, yellow.  Be sure to check them all here.

Cédric Pollet Green bark images

A selection of Pollet’s green bark images. http://www.cedric-pollet.com/site/en/

Again,bark is something we tend to dismiss as ordinary. Pollet had presented it in a way that we can see how extra-ordinary it really is. That always inspires me to be more aware in my world. 


Patterns of Yellowstone – Trees

Patterns and textures are my favorite subjects to photograph. While I can capture the grand scenes, like the panoramics I showed last week, I am much more drawn to those things that are not so obvious.  When you look past the grand scenes, you begin to see details, patterns, and textures that have a  beauty that often goes unnoticed.

Of the almost 3000 images we brought home from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, probably  2/3 of them were of patterns and textures.   Once while concentrating on a particularly intriguing pattern, another park visitor watched me for a while and then asked me, “What do you see?”  When I explained that I was seeing patterns he still seemed unsure of what that meant.

Often, we have to look closer, past the grand scenes, to see the details and patterns within those scenes.  There’s so often many more layers of beauty that are easily missed.

I’ve organized my Yellowstone pattern images in to different groups that I’ll share over the course of the next few weeks.  Today’s patterns are just some of those created by the trees of Yellowstone.  In 1988, fires ravaged 36% of the park and the effects on the forest are still extremely evident 28 years later and create some quite interesting patterns.  Lodepole Pines are the most common tree in the park and often the only kind you can see for miles.  The geyser basins and hot springs have their own very unique effects on the surrounding trees.  The images here are just a sampling of the many tree patterns to be seen in Yellowstone.

Make sure to click on to the images in the gallery so that you can see them larger and read the captions. 


Water patterns were some of my favorite captures in Yellowstone.  Watch for those next time. 


Autumn Colors – Part One

The autumn colors this year have been spectacular!  The light has been amazing and the colors have been so fun to capture.

Here in the northeast, the autumn colors are a regular treat, though some autumns seem more remarkable than others.  There are very scientific, change of season type, reasons why the leaves change color and drop from the trees that you can brush up on here.   If it’s been a dry summer, the autumn colors are often rather dull.  If it rains or snows a lot early in the season, the show is cut short.  I think one of the reasons this year has been so spectacular is the amount of sunshine that we’ve had.  It lights up all those colors and makes them glow.

I’ve taken a few days during this time to get out, with camera in hand, and immerse myself in all that light and color.  For me the color and light are more like paints to be applied to canvas.  I like to play and add movement and texture to create images that show them in ways that our eyes don’t see.

The challenge, for me, is how to capture that beauty in ways that cause us to see it in a new way.  

The autumn colors in these images all include leaves in some way.  I’ve used camera movement, changes in perspective,  and shallow depth of field to emphasize the colors and light.

Part two, next week, will be images that feature water with the autumn colors.

What will you do this week to see your world in a new way?

(Be sure to click on an image and scroll through them, so that they will enlarge and you can see all those colors!)


It would be great if you would share this with anyone you know that might be interested!  Thank you!

Happy New Year

New Year Mandala 2015

New Year Mandala 2015 ©Gail Haile

I love to think of possibilities, ideas, and what if’s, not in a worrisome way, but in an “oh, think of all the wonderful possibilities!” way.  I firmly believe that each day is a new start, but the beginning of a new year certainly reminds us to imagine what’s in store.  May this new year lead you to some wonderful new “things that have never been.”

Happy New Year!

Connecticut River Valley Colors

The Connecticut River Valley, specifically Chester, CT,  is where I was born.  It’s where my father’s family lived and farmed for generations.  On a perfectly picturesque day a couple of weeks ago, we met with old friends and enjoyed a steam engine ride along the shores of the Connecticut River, traveling past small towns whose names play a large role in my family story. Part of the trip included disembarking from the train and boarding a riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River, offering a wonderfully different perspective than the train.

The fall colors were putting on a show and I took the opportunity to continue my play with long exposures.  Either the camera or the subject and sometimes both, were moving during the exposure to create these impressions of that beautiful day along the Connecticut River.

Have you been able to get out an enjoy the fall colors?  What are the fall colors like in your area?

Connecticut River Valley Colors ©Gail S. Haile

Connecticut River Valley Colors ©Gail S. Haile

Connecticut River Colors 1 ©Gail Haile

Connecticut River Colors 1 ©Gail Haile

Connecticut River Colors 2 ©Gail Haile

Connecticut River Colors 2 ©Gail Haile

My Favorite Tree: Mandalas

I photograph a lot of trees , and many of my mandalas are derived from images of trees. But I’ve never photographed my favorite tree, until now.  My favorite tree stands in our front yard, a towering pin oak that was planted by the man who, in 1973, built our house, after the first tree he planted, a spruce, died.  When we moved into the house in 1984, it was still a relatively young tree.  I come across pictures from that time and barely recognize the slender trunk.  The oak now towers over our house and is at least 3 feet in diameter.

Why do I love that oak tree?   

It’s beautiful, yes, It is a grand oak, towering  4o feet above our roof with broad branches that reach out to shade our home.  But more than that, this oak has been a witness to our family. Even as a young tree, it provided a shady spot for the kiddie pool in the summer when our kids were small.  It was a nice place to put the porch swing we brought from our previous home and sit the 5 little kids from play group while we took their picture.  It provided a roof for the “house” where the neighborhood girls played dress-up.  Under the tree was a mechanic’s workshop for 5 days when a friend brought our 6 year old son an engine to take apart.  Our 10 year old daughter practiced her math skills with her Dad while they designed and built a tree bench that encircled the oak’s trunk for many years until the tree finally grew to lift the bench off the ground.  As it grew, the low hanging branches provided a cozy, private place to put a cedar swing that encouraged many long conversations during the teen years.  That oak tree has been a constant in the life of our family.  When we had the branches trimmed last year, we saved the wood from one of the larger branches to have made into something (not sure what yet) .

So, it was appropriate that on Mother’s Day, as we were sitting on our back deck, I was watching the evening light playing off the branches, and the cardinals and chickadees, and goldfinches dancing around and among the branches and thinking again how much I love that tree.  I ran into the house and grabbed my camera to capture those branches, knowing that they would become mandalas of my favorite tree.

Thoughtful question: Is there something in your life, like our oak, that has been a constant?

Silly question: Can you find the goldfinch in one of the mandalas?