Wednesday, April 7, 2010

From the Treetops


Since last August, Julie from The Land of Lost Luggage and JeriAnn from Commuter's Journal have co-hosted an ongoing, online collaboration called Getting Arboreal: A Nature Collection. The idea was to chose a tree to follow over time and through the seasons. I chose a whole grove of trees in Central Park - just a few of the more than 4 million trees in the Park. The location is by Bethesda Terrace, one of my favorite spots in the Park.

My trees in late August 2009 from the original post...



Here they are in early November 2009 as posted here...


And some new pictures, during one of the many snow days in NYC this past winter...



Completing the four seasons, here are pictures from today...



And not wanting to make the other trees jealous (this one you will want to enlarge!)...


You can follow the links to all the participants by clicking through the list on the sidebar of Julie's blog.

23 comments:

Jill Zaheer said...

What a gorgeous area to select for your arboreal journey and how amazingly different the scene looks across the seasons. You can get a totally different feel from the change in the varying color palettes. Hey, did you know that there is a group of pigeons that hang out there throughout all of the seasons? I can see the same ones in each picture! LOL Hope you're cracking up! Haven't been to this spot in over 20 years- but these pictures have definitely inspired me to visit very soon!

Julie said...

Thank you SO Much for playing along on the collaboration, Seth..these pictures are amazing..I love seeing them all together..and what a glorious place in the park to shoot from!

La Dolce Vita said...

just gorgeous! you have far more spring going on than we do in CO! lucky u!

Lisa H said...

Cherry Blossoms?
Coming from the D.C. area, I'm bursting with homesickness.
I remember skipping school on Earth Day to scoop up the blossoms from the street, twirling and singing like a good hippie-chick.
A GROVE was a brilliant choice.

oneartistjournal said...

Wow, this is absolutely amazing Seth. It's so exciting to follow. It filled my lungs with fresh air, a great feeling of intense life connecting with the natural world. I did enlarge that one, it was very worth it.....just stunning. Here in Southern California, we don't feel the seasons changing so much but I have a gorgeous cherry like tree seen from my living room/balcony. I follow it every year and notice it's grandness season after season. Thank you for that. Beautifully captured.
Orly

lynne h said...

oh oh! squealing with tree love here, seth! what a treat to see all the seasons together!!

Debrina said...

Nice Seth- I hadn't realised your earlier shots were part of the collab. I love observing the seasons when I go for teh same walk every other day. I love Autumn the best but Winter is pretty rad too...I love the bare branches and the shapes the make when silhouetted against the morning sky.

lori said...

This is one of my favorite places also. I photograph angel statues wherever people direct me but the backdrop for this angel is beautiful year round.

iHanna said...

Your photos are so inspirational Seth, I like that both people and trees and nature are in them.

neva gagliano said...

OH......spring shooting now upon us...thanks for the reminder.
THESE PHOTOS ARE CLASSIC...AND you included the snow......missed that here.
these are all so beautifully alike and different, truly representing the seasons...hope you do something more with them.
transfers? into a collage?

Kass said...

This is fabulous! One of my favorite places ever and one of my favorite statues. Your pictures are lovely. I love your idea of altering life into art. Your blog is inspiring.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh wow, oh wow. Since I only have one uninspiring tree, I didn't think to join the fun. But I now realize I could have used someone else's tree to display. What a super collaboration and wonderful photos. That last one is a killer. Does the pink tree in the background have cherry blossoms?

rebeca trevino said...

Ah, yes. How I miss New York! . . . nice work!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful capture of the changing seasons Seth
Love your pics!
oxo

Bea said...

OOOOOOOooh, look at those beautiful trees in bloom. Only the willows here are showing some yellow green.
Of course, the snow this morning didn't help anything along. :)Bea

ArtSnark said...

fun idea & great pics

layers said...

Yes, I remember your original post-- most interesting and fun to see the different seasons change the look of the trees

fheathermoore said...

Beautiful photos of the trees Seth, and a great subject matter! Hopefully one day I'll get to visit them :D

Lawendula said...

Nice trees, lovely scenes.

Just came in to say hello and leave this little greeting for X:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/journaljill/58206277/

enjoy your weekend, W

Melanie said...

Great series. I'm a native New Yorker now living in Minnesota and whenever I go back it's a must to make time for Central Park and I always take photos of the fountain. Your juxtaposition of seasons is wonderful!

Marlynn said...

They are so beautiful. I loved your tree the first time I saw her and she has not let me down walking thru the seasons. Thank you.

di from di-did-it said...

Aww... once again you make me want to take a trip to NYC. Thanks for sharing your view of the world ~ love it!

rivergardenstudio said...

(one more comment from me)
Seth, your trees and your beautiful park are so magical, truly nature in all of her splender. What a wonderful place this must be to walk or just sit... hope you are having a great week...roxanne