IN FOCUS

 
'In Praise of Trees' - 'A Singular View'
Mike Grandmaison, November 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Along with water, trees have been a major focal point throughout my career, first while working in forestry for some 18 years and then as a nature photographer for the other half of my working career.

 

Trees beautify our surroundings, purify our air, reduce soil erosion, act as sound barriers and manufacture precious oxygen. They affect our climate by moderating the effects of the sun, wind and rain, they provide food and shelter for wildlife and, last but not least, they act as a carbon sink by removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it as cellulose in their trunks, branches, and roots.

 

Trees, however, offer much more than practical benefits. They also have a way to make us feel good! Trees have inspired countless artists in their art and are fascinating subjects in themselves. Whether they are depicted as individual objects or as part of a forest scene, they offer the viewer limitless variations on the themes of line, shape, form, texture and color. There is a tree for all seasons!

 

Text from 'A Singular View' - Fine Art Photographs by Mike Grandmaison (2012)

Design by Jef Burnard

Printed by Friesens in Altona, Manitoba

 

This 'stately' cottonwood is a recent discovery, about 10 minutes from my home. While it is a great specimen, it is not always accessible as the narrow 'dirt road' leading to it is more or less made from 'Winnipeg gumbo' and becomes extremely slippery when wet, even for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. In the middle of winter, the road is not plowed and therefore it is also impassable until the ground dries up in late spring. I made this image yesterday morning just as the first rays of the rising sun began to illuminate the 'plains cottonwood' tree and its wonderful branch structure as the moon was setting in the western sky. I made three, overlapping images (up and down the tree) to create a panorama with the 'shifting' movement of my 20mm PC lens (perspective control). I then decided to crop the image to a square format because it just 'felt good'.