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Thursday, May 5, 2011

5 May 2011 Hawthorn, Maple, Cherry, Oak, and Quail

This small hawthorn is right at the top of the bike path that leads up from the 7-11 to the Women's Center at the base of UCSC.  Though a thorny tree and no fun to prune, it is very pretty when in bloom.  Just before 6, the light was still faint and so I made fairly long exposures for each frame.
Wanting to make a more macro photograph of the blooms, I opened up the aperture so that I could use a faster shutter speed (the slight breeze caused the flowers to move and blur at a longer exposure).  Although the sun has singed a bunch of them, the flowers seduce all but the color blind.  They are an opaque maze of pigment signalling bees, birds, and lovers of trees.

One of the public's trees.  Working to keep the people's trees healthy and safe is an honor. 

After climbing just shy of a hundred feet to deadwood a grove of redwoods growing over the Queer Center's building, I drank my coffee while photographing the maples and cherries in this courtyard for the morning's break.  Maybe the muses respect tree-work, because they seem to reward my half hour breaks every time.

Japanese maples are a favorite ornamental.  Their intricate leaves create a brassy light.

These cherry blossoms cover the quad's bricks with a thick layer of confetti for a month.           
During our lunch break, I was cruising over to photograph an oak we'd worked on the day before when I came upon this pair of quail resting in the shade by the cafe at Oakes.

Quail possess a unique style.  These hipster birds were keeping cool and looking for bugs.                                  

 This oak at the base of campus was fun to prune as a team.  Along with another huge tree this oak made a cave with its canopy shading out the interior entirely.  Free of deadwood it is looking good.

In this photo-composite you can see a trunk of the other tree.  I always admire oaks for their strength and the character of the lines that they draw with their growth.  These specimen are no exception to that rule.

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