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Burn Forest Burn

Posting about bucolic English countryside is all well and good (check it out: here), but for the opposite of Constable-esque pastoral it’s fun to whizz over to America. These images are from Bryce Canyon. Not the classic views, everyone does those – me too: here – rather these are looking away from the Canyon ridge, back down into the forest. And what a sight. Death and destruction everywhere…

Desolation amongst the trees

Desolation amongst the trees

Ponderosa pine, dead

Ponderosa pine, dead

These images are infra red, converted to black/white. They become punchier, contrastier. Starker. Suits the mood of the wounded forest…

Smashed apart by fire

Burnt

This tree will not recover

No recovery

Starkness

Nothing left

But even though the forest has been scarred by the lightning fires, there is still hope. The fire was in ’09, and slowly the forest is recovering. This is Bryce last autumn. So after 5 years there are new shoots. The forest never gives up, hope springs eternal. The reflectance¬†of foliage in infra red means it goes white – exuberant and new. Rather fitting, I think…

new life

new life


Catching whispers on the Kent coast.

Now the photographic judge at the competition didn’t like this one at all. “Too much lens flare”. Knob, I thought, it’s supposed to be there, and it has meaning…

 

Catching sound waves

Catching sound waves

 

These are the sound mirrors at Denge in Kent. Designed to catch the sound of incoming aircraft before the invention of radar made them redundant.

Concrete whisper catchers

Concrete whisper catchers

 

Imagine that, a faint whisper in the skies above France and the hope to hear it on the shores of Kent. What ingenuity!

 

Parabolic beauty

Parabolic beauty

 

A curve to capture sound

A curve to capture sound

 

But how to photograph a whisper and a sound? Well I substituted one wavelength for another, and pictured light instead of sound waves. Now the judge knew these were sound mirrors, but he didn’t get the analogy. So much for the judge, they always default to cliche anyway (too much lens flare indeed‚Ķ).

 

Catching the sound waves on camera...

Catching the sound waves on camera…

 

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