I love taking great, dramatic, sweeping photos but sometimes you can tell more from just one little detail than from a great panorama. When I was photographing the Witness Trees in Seattle, although the photos of the full artworks were great for telling the story, the shots focusing on the details were infinitely more appealing to me, perhaps because they showed the intricacy that is easy to miss from a distance. Here are some details from the Clam Tree and the Fossil Tree.
This delicate swathe of slightly scorched-looking flowers growing against a wooden fence will always remind me of late summer in drought-ravaged Wisconsin.
This next photo encapsulates for me the sense of wonder I felt when I first set eyes on Lava Canyon on the south side of Mount St Helens. The remnants of a scorched tree bear witness to the 1980 volcanic eruption that obliterated everything in its wake, but it has been overtaken by this incredible surge of regeneration. Fresh, lime green conifers no taller than waist height dotted around a carpet of purple flowers, bright green mosses and silvery grey foliage. To give a sense of scale, a tiny ground squirrel obligingly stopped right in the centre of my frame for a photo opp. One tiny moment filled with so many details.
Are you ready to get down to details for this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Details
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does. – Jorge Luis Borges
Every man’s life ends the same way. It’s only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. – Ernest Hemingway
Oh…that’s a tough one. Loving these challenges!
Haha excellent, looking forward to seeing what you come up with! xxx Ailsa
OK – here it is. Something a bit different! And that’s what I love about these challenges, I have to come up with something I might not have thought of (or at least an angle) on my own. http://aglasshalf-full.com/2015/02/07/the-devils-in-the-detail/
How fabulous, what a devilish story! The fact that Pugh went back and removed the fig leaf after the fact is so much fun! What a great find. 🙂
That’s Australians for you! 🙂
The detail’s in the devil? Must be!! 😉
Great prompt this week. Love your photos.
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Love the clam and fossil trees, Ailsa! And thank you, I just love participating in your challenge.
Here are my details: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/travel-theme-details/
Have a wonderful weekend x
Oh my, what a handsome devil! Fabulous shot, Marion, I love the header too. It would have fitted in with the WP scale theme too, right? 😉
Yes, you’re right! Hadn’t even thought of that combi.
Going to Seattle soon… have you been reading our itinerary? First Dublin, now Seattle! Will the Witness Trees be easy to find or can you give me a hint?? Love detail photos, too. For years I wondered why my holiday photos weren’t as descriptive as I wanted them to be, and then I realised, it was because I was seeing the details, but no photographing them. Makes a huge difference. Thank you.
How much fun, I wonder where you’re going next? 🙂 The Witness Trees are in the centre of Seattle’s Ballard district – if you’re in downtown Seattle a short bus ride on the #17 or #18 will get you to the right spot on Ballard’s Market Street. And on the way there you get to cross the Ballard Bridge and look out over Fishermen’s Terminal. I’ve written tons about Seattle, there are so many great things to see and do – put Seattle in the Search box and flip through to see what catches your interest – I definitely recommend Sonic Bloom https://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/01/09/sonic-bloom/ and the downtown library https://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/08/08/seattle-central-library/ Have fun!
Thanks so much Ailsa, will have a read!
Stacked, Solid, Soft, and Colorful. It’s all here. (enjoyed the Lava Canyon tale)
I love how that sounds, phil – if I ever do a photo exhibition, I am tempted to use those four shots and give it your title. Stacked, Solid, Soft and Colorful. 🙂
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Mine for this week:
How beautiful, Klara, it almost doesn’t look real, like a dreamscape or something. xxx
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Love all of these. In fact, I really, really like detailed pictures. Thanks for this challenge.
Your photos are amazing! I love very detailed pictures – and your photo with the squirrel in the center is perfect. 🙂
I love your photos and the challenge. Here’s mine http://smkelly8.com/2015/02/06/travel-theme-details/
Agreed about going in for close detail – great images.
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great theme – again, Ailsa! Just love that one with the squirrel, because it makes you look at the photo several times to find the little one! http://wp.me/p1hCI2-45L
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All of your choices are beautiful, Ailsa, but the Fossil Tree and the tiny squirrel at the end are fantastic! Must admit I hardly noticed the squirrel among the flowers… 🙂
Here’ s my entry this week: https://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/
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Love it! https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/roof-details/
Hi Ailsa, I’ve gone back to the beach here in sunny Australia to look at some details on the coast.
Regards Peet https://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/detail-at-the-beach/
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What beautiful shots Ailsa! And the last one is priceless 🙂 Thought I’d join the fun this week – thanks for the interesting challenge! https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/weekly-photo-challenge-scale-travel-theme-details/
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I look forward to this every week. Thanks for the challenge! http://beyondpaisley.net/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/
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I chose flowers for my details. I hope you ENJOY!
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Hoping for an early spring… http://windagainstcurrent.com/2015/02/07/details/
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Thank you for the challenge. Here are some winter details! https://thesweetandthebitter.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/
great challenge. Here are some pictures of the flora and fauna found whilst travelling in New Zealand.
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Love the Clam Shell.
Entry from a wandering eye.
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Cool pics! Loved the squirrel. 🙂
Oh, yeah, submission up!
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Gorgeous photos! Thanks for the inspiration!
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