Mount Evans – The Woods

The second of what will probably turn out to be four total posts on the Mount Evans trip.  I’ve encountered some indifference, if not outright disdain, for my rock photographs . . . well, cellulose lovers rejoice!  Also lovers of evergreens, pines, and wood texture . . . this post is for you.

Captured this tree trunk on our walk along the shores of Echo Lake.
Captured this tree trunk on our walk along the shores of Echo Lake.
Bristlecones at the Goliath Natural Area.
Bristlecones at the Goliath Natural Area.

I tried my hand at different treatments for the photos . . . The leaning log on the right of the picture looked to me like a running tree. An Ent frozen in time.

I can't tell if it's running toward something or away from it.
I can’t tell if it’s running toward something or away from it.
I really like the texture of the wood.
I really like the texture of the wood.

By the way, as usual, much better in SmugMug . . .

A bristlecone pine
A bristlecone pine
And more of them . . . they have a lot of texture to their trunks, and very animated shapes.
And more of them . . . they have a lot of texture to their trunks, and very animated shapes.
Yes, I know they are not moving . . . but the photos almost could be taken as having frozen them as they ambled along in contorted fashion.
Yes, I know they are not moving . . . but the photos almost could be taken as having frozen them as they ambled along in contorted fashion.
Lots of character (texture) to these trunks.
Lots of character (texture) to these trunks.
This was a nice trunk in person, but the photo did not do it justice.
This was a nice trunk in person, but the photo did not do it justice. Unlike other photos, this only has the “treated” version in the SmugMug Gallery.
Even in death these trunks retain their dramatic demeanor.
Even in death these trunks retain their dramatic demeanor.
This setting seemed appropriate for a B&W treatment.
This setting seemed appropriate for a B&W treatment.

Another look at the Bristlecone Pines, including the Running Trunk.

A bit of information about these trees.
A bit of information about these trees.
An explanation for their looks.
An explanation for their looks.
This reminded me of the Alien from the movie Alien . . . frozen in mid-pounce by a . . . er . . . freeze ray.
This reminded me of the Alien from the movie Alien . . . frozen in mid-pounce by a . . . er . . . freeze ray.
How many faces can you spot?
How many faces can you spot?

This is part of the root system for a massive tree that toppled over. One side is all gray and weathered, but the underside had this amazing texture.

These are no small pieces of wood . . . these easily stood twice my height. I had spotted it while driving, and walked back to it (3-400 yards) because it really impressed me both with its size, and the coloring.
These are no small pieces of wood . . . these easily stood twice my height. I had spotted it while driving, and walked back to it (3-400 yards) because it really impressed me both with its size, and the coloring.
I just frigging love the texture. The imagined shapes are also a source of interest and amusement.   . . . A dragon attacking a horse? The shoulder of a swimmer?
I just frigging love the texture. The imagined shapes are also a source of interest and amusement.
. . . A dragon attacking a horse? The shoulder of a swimmer?
. . . the maw of a moray eel . . . the claw of a giant sloth . . .
. . . the maw of a moray eel . . . the claw of a giant sloth . . .
. . . er . . . get a room, you two!! . . . sheesh!
. . . er . . . get a room, you two!! . . . sheesh!
A picture of the whole bottom . . .  . . . unfortunately some of it was in the shade. Still, a very impressive remnant of the once mighty sentinel of the forest.
A picture of the whole bottom . . . . . . unfortunately some of it was in the shade. Still, a very impressive remnant of the once mighty sentinel of the forest.
Or maybe the remains of a tyrant taken down by the righteous.
Or maybe the remains of a tyrant taken down by the righteous.
I see many shapes . . . wolves, snakes, ermines, Capuchin monks, shrews . . . I'm kidding about the monks.
I see many shapes . . . wolves, snakes, ermines, Capuchin monks, shrews . . . I’m kidding about the monks.
Perhaps this was an omen to the fire that was brewing back home in the Waldo Canyon . . . a portent of the violence and destruction wrecked by uncontrolled angry flames.
Perhaps this was an omen to the fire that was brewing back home in the Waldo Canyon . . . a portent of the violence and destruction wrecked by uncontrolled angry flames.

It was Melisa who pointed out it looked like flames . . . I was too focused on the macro.

This is the other side of it . . . still impressive, but the harsh sunlight made it difficult to get decent texture shots.
This is the other side of it . . . still impressive, but the harsh sunlight made it difficult to get decent texture shots.
I walked back to the Bristlecone trees, and wondered if one day one of them will end up like that giant.
I walked back to the Bristlecone trees, and wondered if one day one of them will end up like that giant.
On the way out of the park we stopped to have a bite to eat (we travel with ample provisions), some aspen trees giving us some shade.
On the way out of the park we stopped to have a bite to eat (we travel with ample provisions), some aspen trees giving us some shade.
I glanced at the initial of idiots as I once again contemplated a series on the eye-like features of these trees.
I glanced at the initial of idiots as I once again contemplated a series on the eye-like features of these trees.

And those are The Woods of Mount Evans.  Sure, not all of them . . . just the noteworthy ones.

The SmugMug gallery can be reached by clicking HERE.  It has a similar narrative, only expanded because there are more photos.

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