Becky is back with a square photo challenge for July. The first, most important, must be kept rule is that the photo must be square – four equal sides.
The theme is trees. Or parts of trees. Or shadows of trees. And the trees don’t have to be real. And the picture can include things other than trees. As long as the picture itself is cropped square (see the first rule).
But when I first saw that trees would be the theme for July, I thought trees and only trees. Whole trees: trunk, branches, and leaves/needles. And I started looking for photogenic trees when out with my camera.
These trees are not particularly photogenic, but I couldn’t help but think of the song “One of These Things” from the TV show Sesame Street.
I don’t generally think of conifer trees as growing new leaves. But they do – every spring!
The contrast in color and the variety startled me when I saw these trees around a church in Ankeny, Iowa, U.S. My camera was in the car so I put it to use.
“The needlelike leaves may be long or short, flat or round. … Most species are evergreen, keeping their needles all year. Needle leaf trees are also called conifers because most of them bear fruits called cones.”
– George A. Petrides, Peterson First Guide to Trees
In order to identify the trees with any certainty, I need to take the guidebook with me and go take a closer look at the trees. Using broad categories, I’m pretty sure there’s a pine, a spruce and a fir among these pictures.