Project Alicia : Trees are poems earth writes upon the sky.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Trees are poems earth writes upon the sky.

I snapped this photo on my morning walk through the arboretum. This grove of trees was a find. I've lived here 13 years and somehow managed to live oblivious to their presence. I'm sure they are beautiful in all seasons, but I particularly loved them in their nakedness. I pressed the shutter over and over trying to capture their true essence. Often we see something magnificent and are unable to duplicate it in a photograph. But this was not going to be one of those times. Wide aperture, narrow aperture, horizontal, vertical... I was determined to do them justice. And I decided to make the f-stop bigger so that my aperture was narrow, allowing for a deeper depth of field. I wanted to be able to see every single tree trunk.

I used my Canon 50D, Canon 50mm f/1.8, and Photoshop Elements 7 for this photo.

Trees are beautiful even barren of leaves. They are so majestic.

"Trees are poems earth writes upon the sky." -Kahlil Gibran

Text is by Ali Edwards. You can grab my 10 favorite fonts here.

Today I am participating in Texture Tuesdays with Kim Klassen. Her work is uber inspirational. We were asked to use the serendipity texture this week.

This is the formula for today's image:
Layer 1. Background
Layer 2. Florabella's BW Film action
Layer 3. Kim's serendipity texture with soft light at 50%
Layer 4. Bumped down saturation
Layer 5. Added text
Layer 6. Added watermark

I'm linking this post to Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.


This is also part of my 30 Days of Spring Photo Challenge.

It runs thru May 15th, but you are welcome to join at any time and you can do as little or as much as you would like.

You can add your pics to my 30 Days of Spring flickr group.

You can tweet it using the #30dos hashtag.

Or you can do a post and share it here at project alicia. (The linky is over at Day 1.) Just grab this button.

Project Alicia

The important part is to get out there and start snapping! What kind of images are you capturing this spring?


  1. Gorgeous!! It almost looks like snow on the ground. You have a great eye.

    --The Drama Mama

  2. This is so beautiful. I love the edits you did, although the SOOC was pretty great on its own, too. :)

  3. that you so much for your tutorial. The effects on this photo are breathtaking.

  4. Magnificent! I find the majesty of trees very difficult to capture--you did a wonderful job!

  5. Trees are poems...lovely artwork!

  6. Now that's what I call a picture. Dreamy, ghostly, majestic, stark, solemn are just a few of the many words that this brings to mind. Poetry indeed!

  7. The photo is great, but the subtle quote written up the tree is amazing! This photo would make an awesome poster!

  8. I have a thing for trees, beautifully done.

  9. So lovely, thank you for sharing!
    p.s. I also joined in over at 30 days of Spring

  10. this is beautiful!
    even hubby had to ask where it was!
    i feel like your blog lets me go to a museum in my living room!

  11. That really is beautiful and trees do have a certain something about them when they are bare.

  12. What a breathtaking shot! And I agree...I love trees when they are bare too!

  13. love where you put the words on this

  14. beautiful & moody - love the B & W

  15. wow....i am blown away! thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leading me here to yours! it is immediately a new favorite!! your work is gorgeous, your family is beautiful, your blog is amazing! i am so excited to have found you!!!

  16. Wow Alicia... that is just stunning! :)

  17. Oh, that is very nice. I love the poem you put with it!

  18. This is so very beautiful Alicia!
    The composition is wonderful and your work on it is fantastic!
    Wonderfully done!

  19. wow! such a stunning and absolutely beautiful shot!!

  20. Oh, how I would love to discover such a fabulous place! Your photo and processing are beautiful!

  21. Love pretty! Great editing.

  22. beautiful. (I know, not a very original comment, but it's so true!)

  23. beautiful! I love the editing and the composition!

  24. That photo is beautiful!!! Your post on Easter made me tear up because it was so beautifully written and illustrated!

  25. Such an inviting perspective. Love the writing on the tree trunk. Beautiful work!

  26. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments. This photo is wonderful. I shall have to do a post for 30 days of spring as I have gone quite crazy taking photos of spring.

  27. man oh man i love this image!! really... i mean LOVE..

    xxo, kim
    p.s. thanks for linking up with TT. :)