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Nature Talks Photo Contest 2016


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Our world is turbulent, noisy and full of distraction. With these treescapes I try to provide silence, comfortable places of rest. When all goes quiet, the landscape shows its sublimity and stand alone trees appear to take on a more distinctive status. They can form a metaphorical connection between the prosaic and the ethereal world. Once in a while, small mystic moments happen. A veil of mist wraps itself around the mountain peak, enfolding some old and sturdy Huangshan pine trees. A delicate Rowan tree, being embellished with a fanciful crown of clouds. Is it a result of chance, a fortunate stroke of serendipity, or more ? In any way, I love to take photos of these occasions and hope that they can give pleasure to those who take the time to stop and look.

Double Silhouette

Xihai Grand Canyon / Huangshan Mountain / China Huangshan Pines (Pinus luchuensis var. hwangshanensis) are different from other pines. Most of them don't grow on the earth, but root on steep cliffs, alpine peaks and steep ravines. Because they take root in rocks, they are sturdy and mostly living for well over 100 years, they are seen as a symbol of vigor and vitality. The older ones are even thought to be more than 1500 years old. Many specimens are venerated for their unique rugged shapes, and are frequently portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings.

F.A.W. van Hoogstraten

Theme: Treescapes.

ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8
Speed shooting: 1/125
Focal range(mm): 70mm