Archive for the ‘Tree’ Tag

Morning commute   2 comments

My commute nowadays is a short walk through the woods behind our house. The light is hopeful and other creatures have created more beautiful structures than I ever could. 10 minutes of serenity and I’m ready for whatever the day holds in store for me.

Posted September 6, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature

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Out the window   Leave a comment

Not many photo opportunities when you’re quarantined, except the view out the window. But what a nice view it is:

Posted April 26, 2020 by Lutz Braum in DC, Landscapes, Nature

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Springtime in Virginia   Leave a comment

Posted March 17, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature

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Winter Wonderland   2 comments

Last night it snowed lightly and I captured these images before the snow melted.

iPhone, Hipstamatic app

Posted January 30, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature

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Winter reflection   2 comments

iPhone, Hipstamatic app

Posted January 10, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature

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Cherry Blossom Time!   Leave a comment

Walked to the Mall after work on Friday and captured these photos. A wonderful time to be in DC, except this year it’s unseasonably cold. Nevertheless, the water’s edge was packed with tourists (i.e. camera-toting) and locals (i.e. picnicking).

Cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC


Cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

Posted April 9, 2018 by Lutz Braum in DC, Landscapes, Nature

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Forest Fantasy   Leave a comment

Playing with a few new filters/lenses of the Hipstamatic app and a cut-off tree in our forest:

Posted March 25, 2018 by Lutz Braum in Nature

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Mushroom terraces   Leave a comment

What one can find in a wet forest if you keep your eyes close to the ground:

mushrooms on a tree in forest


Posted March 10, 2018 by Lutz Braum in Macro, Nature

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Frost Drops and Stalactites   Leave a comment

Captured these leaves with frozen drops of rain on a recent walk in the neighborhood, using my umbrella to ensure a uniform background. The second shot reminded me of stalactites in a cave.

Canon 5D Mark II, EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

Fall sky   Leave a comment

As seen from our backyard porch. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted November 23, 2017 by Lutz Braum in DC, Landscapes, Nature

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Yellowstone Trees   Leave a comment

Captured these while driving through Yellowstone National Park last weekend:

Posted September 17, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature, Travel, US

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Last Tree in Waterworld   Leave a comment

Found this floating near our town beach after a storm:

tree floating in water

Canon Powershot G12

Unreal Beach Scene   Leave a comment

I used Snapseed’s new double exposure feature to create this scene, which combines two different views from the Clinton town beach:

single tree on beach


iPhone, edited with Snapseed

Posted April 7, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Connecticut, Landscapes, Panorama

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Forest Reflections   2 comments

Caught this scene on a recent hike through the Connecticut woods:

trees reflected in still pond surface


trees reflected in still pond surface


Canon Powershot G12

Hawk under the moon   Leave a comment

Saw this hawk looking for prey at sunrise behind our house. Here are two different takes on that scene, both shot with my iPhone, but one with the Hipstamatic app.

osprey and moon


Osprey and moon BW


Bullseye   4 comments

Top of a pillar of the wooden bridge that connects to our town beach in Clinton, captured after the first frost of winter:

tree rings in black and white


iPhone, edited in Adobe Lightroom

Posted December 28, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Connecticut, Nature

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Roots of Vermont   4 comments

I discovered lots of interesting gnarled trees and their roots hugging the boulders strewn around Smuggler’s Notch near Stowe. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.

Canon 5d Mark II, EFL 16-24mm
B&W conversion in Adobe Lightroom


Posted October 21, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature, US

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A walk in the Vermont woods   Leave a comment

More scenes from our brief visit to Vermont:

horse and carriage


lantern in the woods

foliage and sky

Posted October 16, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature, US

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Winter Loneliness   8 comments

This lonely tree is in the marshland behind our house.

Lonely Tree in Clinton

Bark   2 comments

Walking through the Vermont woods, I was struck by the beautiful birch tree bark everywhere. Click on any picture to see them as full screen slideshow.


Canon 5D Mark II, EFL 24-70mm f/2.8

Posted December 4, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature, US

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Forest Fire Aftermath   Leave a comment

Hundreds of acres of forest in Yellowstone Park were destroyed in massive fires in 1988, requiring over 9,000 firefighters and affecting almost 800,000 acres of forest (bigger than Rhode Island). The remnants of that destruction can still be seen:


Canon 7D, 10-24mm
ISO 400
1/160 sec

Night Sky over Gotham   3 comments

Seems utterly plausible that Batman could swoop through this scene, doesn’t it?

Gotham Night Sky

Canon Powershot G12
edited with Nik Silver Efex 2

Dawn in the Jungle   4 comments

Captured in Costa Rica’s Arenal National Park.

fog over mountains


Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
ISO 400
1/200 sec


Apple Tree and Bench   1 comment

Bench in Snow


Canon 7D, EF-S 10-22mm
ISO 200
1/1600 sec

Edited in Silver Efex Pro

Quiet Spot Under the Apple Tree   2 comments

This lovely spot outside our house is even quieter in winter, when the snow smothers all sounds.

Bench under apple tree in the snow


Canon 7D, EF10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
ISO 200
1/1250 sec

Lone Mountain Pine   3 comments

Not sure what kind of tree this is, but I loved this twisted, gnarled, lonely pine tree near Lone Mountain in Montana.

Bristlecone pine 2


Bristlecone pine 1


Canon 7D, EF40mm f/2.8
ISO 400
1/640 sec

Posted January 26, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature, US

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Antique Double Exposure   2 comments

Playing around with the double exposure setting of the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone, I composed this picture of our dog and the fall trees:

Dog Double Exposure

Posted December 24, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White

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Fall Walk   Leave a comment

Some impressions I captured on today’s walk through the neighborhood.

Posted October 19, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Macro, Nature

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Beach Wood Bark   2 comments

Found a lovely piece of wood stranded on our beach, with some lovely textures:





Posted June 16, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature

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Tree Reflections   7 comments

The river near our house always offers some great vistas when the water is calm. These 2 shots were from last week. I hope we’ll see some leaves on these trees soon…




Tree Silhouette   1 comment

A hazy and foggy morning created some good opportunities to isolate this tree from the background (which is usually a green marsh).

Tree Silhouette



Canon Powershot G12
ISO 100
1/500th sec
+1/3 exposure

When is Spring Coming?   4 comments

Because I look forward to shooting green and colorful landscapes again. Until then, black&white will have to suffice.

Bare Tree

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8
ISO 125
1/1000 sec
B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro

Old Winter Trees   Leave a comment

I love old pine trees in winter. These were captured in Stowe, VT and Big Sky, MT.

iphone Hipstamatic
lens: Lucifer IV
film: Blackeys B&W

Posted February 17, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes

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Cherry Blossom Season   2 comments

A brief trip to Washington, DC, gave me a chance to see the famous Cherry Blossom Season:

Jefferson Memorial and Cherry Blossoms

Jefferson Memorial

Cherry Blossoms in Washington

Cherry Blossoms and Washington Memorial

Martin Luther King Memorial

Giant Winter Tree   1 comment

This tree has a commanding presence in our neighborhood. Can’t wait for the leaves to return this spring.


Winter Tree

iphone Hipstamatic, adjusted with Snapseed

Posted April 4, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes

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Winter Wonderland along the Highway   1 comment

Winter wonderland along I-89  in Vermont:

Snow covered tree along highway

Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 100
1/60 sec

Posted April 2, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama

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Last Glimpse of a Beautiful Winter   6 comments

A few shots from my last day of skiing, using my iPhone:

Snow-covered Tree in Vermont

Snow-covered Trees in Vermont


Last ski run of the day:Last Ski Run of the Day


Sunset in the Forest   3 comments

Fresh snow, a setting sun, plus some fiddling with various filters, and voila: a different take on the typical sunset.


Sunset in the Forest

Posted February 24, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, US

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Winter Forest Colors   Leave a comment

Vermont forest in winter – even now there are lots of colors in the forest.

Vermont Winter Forest

This one was a double exposure experiment:

Vermont Forest Double Exposure

iphone Hipstamatic
lens: Helga Viking
film: Kodot XGrizzled

The Red House in the Snow   4 comments

Spotted this lovely barn on a walk through the snowy forest in Vermont:

Red House in the Snow

Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200

Posted January 10, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Landscapes, Travel, US

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Winter Wonderland – Vermont   5 comments

The frosted forests of Vermont would have made the perfect setting for the ice princess in the Chronicles of Narnia.

Frosted Trees in Vermont

Frosted Tree in Vermont

Stowe Winter Scene 1


All photos taken with iPhone Hipstamatic

Frosty Dog Walk   5 comments

Photos of a snowy morning walk in Vermont with our dog Skylark.

German Shepherd in deep snow

German Shepherd in Snow

Snow close-up

Posted December 28, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes, Macro, US

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Bark   Leave a comment

Bark, especially from birch trees, provides so many opportunities to explore texture:

Curly bark


Curling bark

BW bark

Bark sepia

Macro in the Morning   Leave a comment

Details of a recent morning walk:

Morning Fern

Morning Frost

Winter berry

Posted December 19, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Macro, US

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Art Walk in the Backyard   1 comment

I shot these while walking our dog on a crisp morning. Even in black&white, nature is gorgeous:

Thorny Frost


Frost detail


Frost on Leaf

Canon EOS 7D, 24-7omm EF f/2.8, B&W conversion with SilverEfex

Posted December 15, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes, Macro

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The Last Burst of Color   5 comments

Now that the leaves are down, I just need to post one more shot that reflects how I felt when watching the leaves turn in Vermont: a veritable EXPLOSION of color!

Burst of Fall Colors

Canon EOS 7D, 24-70mm
ISO 100
multiple focal lengths

Posted November 10, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes

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Forest Oddities   Leave a comment

Only in the fall, when all the leaves are down, do you start noticing some of the other, equally beautiful things of the forest: mushrooms, bark, fungi.

Fungi on tree trunk


Forest Mushrooms


Birch bark

Vermont Colors – Day 3: Panoramas/Vistas   1 comment

Driving along Highway 100 in Vermont, I came across too many photo opportunities to ask my wife to stop for every single one of them. Still, I managed to take advantage of a few, catching the peak season of the famous Vermont Foliage:

Vermont Road Panorama


Vermont Foliage Panorama


Vermont Pond with Foliage


Vermont Brook and Birch

Posted October 1, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, US

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Vermont Colors – Day 1   5 comments

I haven’t even been here for 24 hours, and already my camera is bursting with colorful shots of the fall foliage. And according to the foliage report, this isn’t even peak season yet! Stay tuned for more.

Colorful ferns in Vermont

Colorful leaf in Vermont

Deer in Vermont

Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm
ISO 200

Posted September 29, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Travel, US

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A barrel of monkeys in Costa Rica   Leave a comment

Yes, the name for a group of monkeys really is a ‘barrel.’ About 30 were thrashing through the canopy above us this morning at 6:30 in the Arenal Volcano National Park, but these two rested long enough to capture them.

Canon EOS 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8 with 2x converter
ISO 1000
1/125 sec

Posted April 19, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Travel

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