Tree Portraits

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Wednesday I was jonzing to get out on the bike in the morning, however a winter storm was barreling down on Michigan and I didn’t want to get caught out in it. Instead I opted to attempt hiking in the woods. No big deal, right?

My last visit to our local county park was a fail and I had to abort the hike in less than a mile due to the trail being one solid sheet of thick ice. Since then we’ve had some rain and some warmer temperatures, and nearly all traces of snow were gone from town. So I headed back for another attempt.

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Sadly, the trails were not all that much better. The combination of XC ski grooming, hikers, and snowshoers packed the snow TIGHT and they remained an accident waiting to happen. However there was some hikeable space on the sides. It was not going to be as long–or as good–as I had hoped for, but I made the best of it.

With the winds blowing, the temperatures dropping, and heavy snow on the way, there was little activity in the park; no animals were afoot and other than a helmetless dude riding a Surly Ice Cream Truck over the dangerous, crack your skull open, hard packed icy trails, I saw no one else… just me and the trees.

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As I tip toed over the ice with my ass puckered, and noisily trudged through the brush of the trailside woods, I decided that this mini-hike would be all about taking portraits of trees. Not landscapes, but portraits. I know that probably doesn’t make sense to you. Hell, it barely makes sense to me, but it is what it is.

The pics you see here are what I got as I picked my way through the woods trying not to fall on my ass. I used both my Fuji X-T10 and Fuji x100S for the pics.

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Thanks for looking and thanks to the trees for being so cooperative.

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