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    These are all realllly cool. Thorbergt and josh i love yours!

    Here are some pictures I took this weekend. Nothing really exciting about these,, i just thought the trees looked neat.





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    Very lovely those fresh spring trees are, Sara. When I look at those I realize the difference from where I used to live (similar to your pics) and where I live now. Sentimentality perhaps?
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    Palmtree from Marbella, Spain:


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    My small attempts





    I use the second spot for portraits often. People seem to love the rusty shed and tractor tire.
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    Two shots from a walk in my hood two days ago

    This is from the periphery of Prospect Park





    This is across the street from the park. A branch from a small tree in front of one of the grand old
    apartment buildings on Prospect Park West.



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    Sara, I really dig the tree in your second shot - (craggy and full of character ).

    I have seen some other cool and interesting specimens from everyone else too !
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    This Morning

    A Frangipani Tree bursting into bloom, out of my window, I sit right here to see it this way.



    The big Ficus in our front yard, too large to capture, there is not enough distance I can get. There are many other plants growing on it, like Devil's Ivy, Syngonium, Night Booming Cactus, Staghorn Fern, Orchids





    A Traveler's Palm at a neighbors house.



    A Screw Pine or Pandanus at another neighbors house.

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    You have some interesting flora in your neck of the woods Datura.

    That "Traveler's Palm" is really cool - I like it - the spikiness kinda reminds me of an Agave but up off of the ground a bit. Sounds like a good place to lay in a hammock with a nice cocktail or glass of wine and watch the clouds roll by .

    The only thing missing from your first shot is a parrot or some kind of bright bird - looks like the kind of tree a parrot would dig.

    Something about the word "Ficus" I find strangely endearing - must be a powerful tree - that's why it doesn't want to be bothered getting its picture taken .

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    Yes indeed it is interesting. And this is a destination for many quiet tourists, beach, sun, homeyness. Small community.

    I love your Dogwood tree, those are just so beautiful when you take a drive through the country and they light up the woods. I have heard that they are slowly vanishing, that would be a shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datura View Post
    I love your Dogwood tree, those are just so beautiful when you take a drive through the country and they light up the woods. I have heard that they are slowly vanishing, that would be a shame.
    I was going for a run yesterday when it was clearer and brighter still and missed getting an even better shot of that tree (I am a shutterbug but sometimes I just don't want to bring the camera and I am to cheap to replace my ancient phone with one with a good camera - the battery life is too good to let go of) - Dogwoods and Cherry Trees are my favs that we have in Park Slope.

    I was thinking how much trees look like the blooms of flowers from the right perspective and how much different the tropical ones are from those further north - the trees from various regions seem to parallel the way the flowers look quite a bit.

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    definitely some great shots here. Nature in general is one my my favorite things to take photos of
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    brandaggio -- Yes, they have through evolution become different shapes, their leaves must be different for the different climate conditions. There is pretty much a hard rule to determine where trees grow. A needle like in Firs is often there for the colder climes. A small or leathery leaf for an area with sun shining a lot. A large leaf for moist climes and shade, under-growth trees in forests. People forget that often when planting trees.

    I have seen what you mean with the shape of the flower being the shape of the tree. I guess that they are from one mold for the conditions they are in.

    Ficus is a generic name for the species of trees that must have 5000 different varieties within its family. Most of them grow in moist regions of the world.

    Sara -- I find nature wonderful as well as a subject matter. It is very difficult to take good shots of plants that have a lot of small leaves and dappled sun on them.
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    Last year when I lived in Savannah, GA, I took these pics:


    a pic of a girlfriend of mine and her daughter last Easter




    in the fall
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    Oh, lovely. The old oaks with the moss hanging from them, magical.
    Did you know that the early car seats were stuffed with this Spanish Moss?
    I have also another colorful shot of the leaves of a Fiddlewood Tree. This tree is normally green, but when we have very dry winters, the new leaves come out this way:


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    I just went into my backyard again and took a shot of a Strangler Fig. This tree loves growing on other trees and wraps its roots around -- strangles -- the other tree. Most often they grow together, but sometimes the original tree gets strangled to death. This one is hosted by an old and dying Orchid Tree.


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    What great color!
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    Some More

    So I walked around some more. So great with the digital camera, in minutes you can have something. Here goes:

    Royal palms. Their stems look like they are made from concrete.



    Melaleuca Tree, the bark is spectacular, always peeling. But they are a pest tree, originated in Australia.



    Banyan Tree, pretty old and weathered. The crown spans probably about 150 feet.

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    That last pic rocks. Glad you're getting out and taking pics. The whole idea of this new feature was to do just that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ses5909 View Post
    That last pic rocks. Glad you're getting out and taking pics. The whole idea of this new feature was to do just that!
    I know, and it is great. Thanks for the thread. I usually do go out to take pics, but I go more for detail and textures for my work.
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    It's amazing how that tree can support those heavy beams just spreading out almost horizontally so far. Much better at engineering than we humans are!

    These trees are sprouting new leaves after a forest fire:



    And a forest for very small people:


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    Those are fun, Raffles. Fires are actually not bad for forrests, gives some groud dwellers a chance.

    These Banyan trees actually drop new stems from their long arms, I could not get all of it, I guess I should have taken 3 shots to make a panorama. But yes, they are so amazing. Did you notice how square those branches are? Just like the beams that are used in construction.
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    Branch Support

    Raffles, I found another photo from the different Banyan Trees I took today. Here is one shot that shows how the roots grow down from the braches to form new stems.

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    These are from Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, TX. http://www.zilkergarden.org/





    The second one is of my girlfriend. It's fun to goof off.

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    I wish you guys could have seen this tree in person.

    It's a Samaan tree. Absolutely massive. Gorgeous.




    My photo does not do it justice at all. I wish I was there at dawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhulse
    Amazing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffles

    Pretty!!

    Did you enhance the colour or is that natural !?!


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