You’ve been reading this blog long enuf to know that such a “provocative” title as today’s isn’t going to provide you with a titillating post. But it is going to deliver what it promises.
This is a close-up picture of the bark near the base of the Old Man of the Forest, the very old cedar tree growing on the north-facing slope at Roundrock.
I took the photo some weeks ago using Libby’s camera because it has a macro feature. I didn’t yet have my new camera, and I haven’t been back to this part of the forest since I got the camera. I’ve vowed to pay more attention to the smaller details in my woods. My problem is that I don’t see the forest that way. I don’t stop to think about taking an artistic photo of the joint of a plant or the shadow on a rock or the texture of mud or a collection of pebbles (though all of those sound interesting). I stumble through the forest looking for obvious shots, dramatic shots, or story-telling shots. Those are all fine in their way, but I’m trying to see more. Which brings us back to this photo.
It’s a bit out of focus, though that may not be obvious from the size of the photo. I’d like to return with my new camera and give this shot another try. Maybe on my next visit I will.
The Old Man seems to be doing just fine. There are a few other old cedars at Roundrock, but none that match this gent for age and size. I wish I could hear the stories it might tell.
- Nature takes the day off. The Missouri Natural Events Calendar is blank. Check back tomorrow.