This week’s theme is one that I actually think of quite often. If I see something picturesque, I normally try to capture it more than once, from two angles, or zoomed in/out. Most things are beautiful in multiple ways. Take the big pine tree I captured last week along the Wenatchee River. Standing right at the foot of the tree and looking up at it always gives you an idea of how tall the tree is, and how small you are, in relation to it.
That’s a big, old tree, both in height and circumference. When you focus in on the bark, it has beautiful colors and lines.
And I always think of the unseen in that tree bark. I know that if you cut off a piece of bark, you will find all sorts of living things inside it, like insects and tiny plants. Mother Nature fills every single niche in the ecosystem.
On our trip to Tumwater Falls Park, I had fun taking pictures of the Lower Falls and the bridge across the Deschutes River. This shot is obviously from under the bridge. From atop the bridge, however, you see that there is more to the Lower Falls.
There’s a smaller, side falls that has worn away the rock over the years.
It’s remarkable what flowing water can do, if given enough time.
On our excursion to Picnic Point County Park, I was especially taken with the line of rotten pilings that once held up a boat dock. Since it was very late in the afternoon when we went, the shadows were long as the sun made its journey down the western sky. Looked at from the landward end, that line of pilings seemed menacing.
But from the other side and closer up, one of the pilings just looks like what it is, a very old piece of tree, worn away by wind and water, and colonized by barnacles. The many layers of wood have been exposed, and wear away at different rates.
This item is called a cannonball, because that’s what it looks like. It’s a concretion of minerals, formed inside a sandstone hillside over the eons, by water infiltration. It looks pretty funny by itself, with no contest.
But when you zoom out, you can see where it came from, and many more like it.
This is in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
On that same trip, while passing through Glacier National Park in Montana, we stopped by the shore of Lake McDonald.
Pretty shoreline. But if you zoom in on the water, this is what you see.
Fish! There were numerous fish and crabs in the water, food for the birds.
And here’s our house, from one day to the next.
Before the new paint job.