Friday, February 27, 2009

Crosscuts

If you live on the wooded side of town, as I do, stumps and logs are among your regular sights. Nor can I resist photographing them in their many variations. Consider the cut ends: two entirely different patterns. One, the natural wood grain; the other, the actual saw marks.

The age of the cut surface is yet another design element. I discovered on opening this folder of images that three of the photographs appeared to black and white. Not. Simply the long-term exposure to the elements which turns the warm browns of the wood into shades of silver. Ive no idea how many years this process requires....

...but it's at least more than 15 years, which is when the log below was cut, if I remember correctly. Maybe more.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic B&W, the 3rd from the bottom.

It is matte and frame worthy!

~Anon in AV.

worldphotos4 said...

Character shots.

Warren said...

Great shots! I'm always intrigued by natural wood grain patterns, growth rings, and the history they represent.

Anil P said...

The patterns these pictures show are wonderful. Some tree stumps show more rings, some less. It is said one can find out the age of the trees from the rings seen in the cross-section.

C. Marie Byars said...

I am CONSTANTLY AMAZED at the great variety of things you find to photograph by category!! Right on!!

Granny J said...

anon av -- those stumps are just istting out there, begging to be photographed!

steve -- oh, they do have character, and the more so the older they get -- up to a point,

warren -- I've got far too many shots of wood, logs & stumpos that I just can't resist shooting...

anil -- Yes, indeed, and a lot of the pioneering work in tree ring age counting was done at our own Univ. of Arizona down in Tucson.

c marie -- glad you enjoy them -- I do! It's great fun coming up with new ways to present the so-called ordinary things of life.

Lucy said...

I don't always like seeing trees cut down, but I love cross cut photos! I have to stop myself photographing them obsessively. These are beauties.

Diane C. said...

Beautiful and unusual collection of photos. I'll pay more attention to the surface cut wood from now on.

 
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