Another Photo Practice
Today I'm going to show you a bunch of photos that I took in the recent days or weeks. There are some weird ones among them, as usual, but that's me, you should have already gotten used to it.
Another day, another photo practice, but not only, as I have this wooden bicycle, that caught my attention at the art exhibition. I suppose it wasn't part of the exhibition, but could not leave without taking a few shots. How could I? Look at it, how cool is that, even if it's not functional at the moment as the front wheel was taken down. I love these wooden vehicles. I'm not sure how performant is as a bike, but it looks great.
This photo might look super messy and crazy, you might not see what I see, so focus on the surface of the wood. There are some bushes in the nearby park and I noticed this spring (if memory serves me right), that some of them have been set on fire. It's a shameful thing to do, whoever it was. Green, raw wood is not burning, but the damage has been done, it had to be cut off. Yesterday I noticed the "remains" and wanted to see how the cut surface looks. Yeah, my addiction. To be honest, I've seen quite a lot of cut surfaces, but never a similar one. The striations were left by the tool they used, but the color is a mystery. I don't know why the thick, outer layer is green and the middle is light gray. As I said, the fire was most likely put off shortly after it started, the thin, young branches were carbonized, but the thick trunk was not damaged.
Here's the other one, even more interesting. Unlike trees, these bushes seem to not have those rings as a measure of annual growth. I didn't know that till now as haven't seen any bush cur out. If you're trying to read the wood, you will see all kings of directions but not circular one.
Next, there's this "thing". It's some kind of fungi, but don't know exactly.
It is growing on an old tree, that stands on the walkway, actually the walkways was built in a way to avoid cutting off this tree. Hundreds are passing by daily but I don't think many can spot this thing. It's an interesting creature for sure.
Here's another one, not as nice as the previous one though.
My plan was to go to the park to see what's going on there as I haven't been for ages. Was hoping to find some withered roses, but the workers were faster than me and all the roses were cut down for the winter. It was a slap on my face, but expected to some extent as it's almost the end of November. Apart from the pines, trees don't have leaves anymore, so the blue sky and the branches are what's left for me.
Don't forget, there's always light! This photo is the proof of that! Except when it's overcast and the sun is hiding 😂
And this is where things get interesting. This is the type of pine we call silver pine because of the color of the needles. Why I say this is where things get interesting? Because during spring and summer, these pines are regular green and turn silver only during autumn. When I was a kid, I always wanted such a Christmas tree, but could never have one as these were the most expensive ones. I suppose they still are. One of these costed double or triple the regular one. One day I'm going to buy one for sure.
Having a close look at the edge of the branches, you see these things, which are going to be the cones, but there's still a little growing needed.
A conifer cone (in formal botanical usage: strobilus, plural strobili) is a seed-bearing organ on gymnosperm plants. It is usually woody, ovoid to globular, including scales and bracts arranged around a central axis, especially in conifers and cycads. The cone of Pinophyta (conifer clade) contains the reproductive structures. The woody cone is the female cone, which produces seeds. The male cone, which produces pollen, is usually herbaceous and much less conspicuous even at full maturity. source
This is what I call miracle. I mean there are all kinds of fungi, mushrooms and what names are there for this type of creatures, that can also grow on trees, but look at these little cuties. The lower left one is growing on on moss, but the one on the upper right seems to grow on the bark itself.
Unfortunately someone thought marking the tree with paint is a good idea. I mean I know there was a purpose, but there's always another way, rather than poisoning the tree with paint.
A different pine tree, ready to grow.
This is a scene that gave me a bit of a headache. I was trying to frame the bench with those two trees, but also catch the sun rays, that look like a carpet on the ground. The bench was not placed right in the middle 😂 of the two trees and I had to move left a lot, to avoid the sun in my camera. However, lack of symmetry is a good thing as it means it's not staged and looks real. I'm not necessarily a fan of symmetry.
Soooo, which one is your pick today?
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