November 10, 2014
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, 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!
Trees, however, offer much more than practical benefits. Trees have inspired countless artists in their art and are fascinating subjects in themselves. Trees have a way to make us feel good! 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'.
January 4, 2014
It's been a brutally COLD winter so far. With an average temperature of only -20.9 C, it's the second-coldest December Winnipeggers have seen in 120 years, and the sixth-coldest overall! On December 31, Winnipeg's temperatures were actually as cold as the surface of Mars. Today, we are experiencing a windchill factor of -50 degrees Celsius! How COOL is that!
You know it's cold when the casing on your extension cord cracks. I KNOW it's cold when I can only stand to be out of my van for 30 minutes at a time. I was itching to get a few images in for the New Year so I drove out just east of the city to photograph a large, shapely cottonwood tree I recently discovered. I'm quite used to photographing outside in winter but there have been occasions when it just isn't pleasant anymore. This was one of them. Enjoy!