Knees

Knees

For as long as I can remember I have had a thing for plant life in the South (US). Everything from the air plants hanging from trees to the giant limbed oak trees to these wonderful swamp centric cypress trees. My favorite thing about the cypress are the root system which produce what are known as knees which strangely enough have an unknown function as far as the tree and its sustainability is concerned. There is simply something odd about them that I have always been drawn too. I remember photographing them way back when I was still only using film, with my dads canon eos 650 i think it was? I wonder if I could find those photos somewhere, hmm. Needless to say they make for a great subject, as if it’s a little city built among the trees. Technically speaking, this is my usual affair, a low angle into the sun with my trusty 5D and same awkward crouching pose that I always bend myself into to shoot these sorts of images. Maybe it’s time I look into one if those handy right angle viewfinder attachments again…

Comments

  1. Sonya - February 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

    love it. there is a grove of bald cypress near my home and i’ve always been fascinated by them. it’s especially fascinating when you kayak through them. interestingly enough, the grove near my home “features the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the United States.” http://www.ecodelaware.com/place.php?id=308

  2. Hardi - September 30, 2013 at 6:59 am

    The background looks familiar. I think i’ve seen the background from your previous photo, where is it anyway?

  3. John Carey - September 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    This is at a lake in Wilmington, NC.

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