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Pictures: Seeing the forest and the trees

by Michael on March 6, 2012

I’m usually not much of a nature boy, saving the passion of the outdoors for my forester brother. But in the Southern Hemisphere I couldn’t help take pictures of trees that are really different from the ones at home.

The tree picture above is planted near One Tree Hill in Auckland, New Zealand, the site made famous in the U2 song. Ironically, the actual One Tree Hill is treeless due to a dispute between the native Maori and the later arriving Kiwis about what type of tree should be planted there, a native one or a colonizing intruder.

Here are a few photos of some other unusual trees we’ve seen along the way:

Pictures of trees

Alongside the road in the Australian Outback people place bottles on this tree, probably to relieve boredom.

tree pictures

These trees at Angkor Wat reminded us of heart-shaped lollipops.

Pictures of trees

We try to make like Lara Croft and climb this tree at the Ta Prohm temple.

Pictures of trees at Ta Prohm Angkor Wat Lara Croft (444x525)

At the Ta Prohm temple at Angkor Wat the trees have sort of taken over.

Pictures of trees at Ta Prohm hidden statue (422x525)

The only remaining Buddha statue face at Ta Prohm barely peeks through an overgrown trunk.

The Buddha statue pictured above is the only one at the Ta Prohm temple of Angkor Wat that still has its head.  Through decades of political turmoil and strife, including most recently the Khmer Rouge regime, the tree has protected the little Buddha.

Tree pictures Ta Prohm Angkor Wat

Imagine planting this tree next to your house?

My Lai tree

This tangled tree at My Lai reflects the area's tortured history.


Tree picutres

Wispy branches reach for the sky in Australia.

Pictures of trees

The trees in Auckland are huge and gnarly. Larissa makes like a Keebler elf in this one.

Pictures of trees

Thailand suffered from huge floods last year. This tree soaking in the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok shows the waters have not fully receded.

Picutres of trees

A 750-year old Boab in Perth, Australia.

Pictures of trees Clare Valley sunset (439x525)

Sunset filtering through branches in the Clare Valley of Australia.

This is our very first black-and-white photo essay. We’re curious, what do you think about it? 


jerry March 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

Trees are always beautiful, whether in color or black and white. Of course, I’m a little biased.

Doz & Amanda March 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

Funny this, now you mention it we have a lot of photos of trees from our travels 🙂 They do seem to be a lot more irregular/interesting in shape than the uniform trunk and crown of the European varieties. Tailor grown for a foray into b/w photography!

Joanne March 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

I’m partial to trees in B&W!

Barbara March 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Hi Michael & Larissa,
Well done 🙂 You did b&w proud.
I will admit to being very attached to color but b&w is really interesting for nature. It’s brings out texture and terrific perspectives.

Have a great day 😉

Us March 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Spoken like a true stumpie.

Us March 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

They do look majestic, don’t they?

Deb Wright March 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The black and white allows readers to appreciate the trees shape, branches and trunks.

Lawrence Michaels July 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

Great photos. I really like the peek-a-boo Buddha.

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