May 01, 2017

Frank's Tree

Last week was crazy-wonderful;  filled with love, family and activity. While it was exhilarating it was also exhausting.

One evening the sky exploded in glory. My husband scrambled to get our cameras.

Camera bag, cameras and lenses were in my car, which our son-in-law and granddaughter were driving.

This is where being the general manager of a camera store really comes in handy! It is his job to use all the different cameras and lenses and filters, etc., so that he can advise customers.

We headed for the store, got two cameras and lenses and took off for one of our favorite spots, Frank's Tree.

Everyone in the community calls it Frank's Tree because he's been photographing it for over 25 years, maybe even longer.

The new cameras were excellent but the lens I used was awesome. (Dilemma: New paint and tile in front bathroom or new lens! I'm losing sleep!)

I thought I would share a couple of the shots I got:

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The tree was in the shadow of clouds but lit up every now and then.


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The tree is really huge as it sits in on the edge of Millville Plains but it is never lonely. Almost every morning or sunset, or thunderstorm or snowstorm, or just because, there is at least 1 photographer visiting it.

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Happy in the warmth of the sun.


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My husband stalking the tree! The man is on his belly or climbing fences more than anyone I know! 


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As you can see, she has many moods!

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The wildflowers were abundant, but, unlike my partner in crime, I don't climb fences! His wildflower photos are gorgeous! I can live with that!



Thank God for recording availability because I missed 20 minutes of Survivor for these photos!!!!

20 comments:

  1. These trees and their photos are totally worth missing television for...so are the night stars and a whole bunch of other things. Nature's palate is never the same twice. These are lovely.

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    1. Getting out into the fresh air and capturing 'moments' is almost always preferable to sitting on the couch watching the tube. Thank you for the compliment.

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  2. Your photos are absolutely stunning! The way you composed them, they look like paintings. It would be so cool if you framed them and displayed them as a series study. What a great place to tree a character.

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    1. Thank you. My husbands photos put these to shame.

      I just might chase a character up that tree! Never even crossed my mind!

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  3. These are spectacular! Very beautiful and very dramatic!

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    1. Thank you, but the honors go to Mother Nature!

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  4. Holy moly! What a sky! Magnificent shots!

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    1. It was a holy moly kind of day!

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  5. All I can say is "0h my, oh my, oh my, oh my! I love Frank's tree and your pictures are beyond spectacular.

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    1. Thank you. I love Frank's tree too.

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  6. Thank God for recording ability - thank God for Her beautiful Nature! Thank God for Frank too taking these GORGEOUS shots ... :) :) :)

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    1. I love that you used the word Gorgeous because that is what I think of this tree. These shots are mine but believe me, Frank's will outshine these!

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  7. Toni,

    Frank's Tree is a gorgeous subject worthy to photograph. I would love to snap a few pictures of it! We don't record shows too much anymore other than the Price Is Right. Whenever we want to watch something, we usually can stream it from the appropriate app. Do you have a Roku or Apple TV? If so, you may want to take advantage of watching your favorite programs without the hassle of setting the recorder. :)

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    5 Ways To Take It Easy + #TuesdayTunesation with @WeAreGroves

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    1. Cathy, we do have Apple TV and are actually cancelling our Cable this week.

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  8. Beautiful - different moods are captured here. -Jenn

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    1. Thanks. Crazy how the sky can change in the span of a few short minutes!

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  9. Oh! Toni...your photos of Frank's tree transported me to a land of magic. Stunning! I'm in fact in the process of a)researching and b) saving to buy my first DSLR and I think I'll ask you for your advice of where to look. I've been using a handy Canon G12 all these years. I love it for its compact body, but I do feel now I'm ready to explore into 'manual' territory.
    BTW, those photos above would make an amazing display in a gallery--like a narrative of nature.

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    1. You should see our collection of portraits of the tree. Amazing.

      I'll post some questions for you so I can talk to Frank about what would best fill your needs. I shot these with a Nikom D5600 and an 18 to 29 Nikon lens.

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