Photo Sunday: Texture

Next week there will be photos from my trip to St. Louis, once I’ve had time to do the normal cropping and processing. Until then, there’s this: I’m fascinated by the way the camera reveals unfamiliar-seeming details of familiar surfaces.

Fallen timber, Hudson Highlands Nature Center, November 2009. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version.

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  • Erika

    Is that Jesus’ face?!!??!!1!

    Sorry, just had to. =)

  • Herb

    I never noticed how much tree bark looks like a very viscous fluid

  • TommyP

    Sure is a pretty piece of wood, it’s amazing how beauty arises naturally all the time.

  • Ebonmuse

    Sorry Erika, it’s not Jesus’ face – it’s Richard Dawkins’. He manifested himself miraculously to me and told me that his appearance in this wood was a sign that we should all stop making miraculous claims for pareidolia. :)

  • Thumpalumpacus

    Y’know, I really like this idea of yours, Ebon. You’ve a good eye for the captivating.

  • Ebonmuse

    Thanks, Thump! Most of the credit for my interest in photography belongs to my friend Erich Vieth, author of Dangerous Intersection, who really impressed me with some of the pictures he took when we met up at the Museum of Natural History in New York some time ago. (You can see a few of them here.) The camera I’ve been using is the same model he has.

  • Caiphen

    To me, this tree stump screams about the battle for survival. All the twists and turns forced by its genetic makeup and by environmental factors so it can grow to ensure photosynthesis.

    Damn brilliant photo Ebon. You’ve really impressed me.