Conifer in a tube

Seagull Looking Down On Us
Small conifer tree growing inside a protective plastic tube

On a recent trip to my parents house in Cornwall I took a new look at something I’d seen lots of times. These conifer trees they are trying to grow have seemed to take an age to get going. They are growing in a protective plastic tube, which lets in light, but not animals. The surrounding ground also has to be cleared to give them a chance to grow.

This time though my youngest, 20 month old, daughter was fascinated by the little trees growing in the tubes, she would peer down inside and poke her hand in to try and pull at the struggling tree. ‘Pikey’ she would say – she misses off all initial letters, so this translates as ‘Spikey’.

Looking down the tube myself I thought the green glow and the young plant almost ‘reaching’ for the top was worth a photo – so here it is.

Yes, it’s a square crop, it seemed to lend itself to square because of the round tube – I’ve been challenged by other shapes again recently, more on that another time.


Widescreen Seagull

Seagull Looking Down On Us
Scary looking seagull looks down on us

A while ago we went to a seal sanctuary where hurt and sick seals are rehabilitated and, hopefully, released back to the wild. It came to feeding time and, obviously, a lot of fish was involved. Well you can imagine the delight of the seagulls who dive bombed the fish, the seals, us. I’m always surprised at how big they are in ‘real life’, i.e. when they’re just two feet away from you. This was one such bird, perched very close, slightly higher than us and looking very menacing.

The seagull in flight in the gallery section is from the same trip – and at some point there maybe a guest appearance from a heron too.

What has increased the ‘menacing nature’ of this photo is that I cropped it to a common widescreen film format; 1.85:1. This puts the birds eye on a horizontal third, where our eye is drawn to. But it’s also slightly off centre destabilising the image slightly. I like to experiment with different shaped croppings occasionally, I still like square, but that’s used a lot and I’ve been really into cinematography lately so am looking at things in a widescreen way (‘Old style’ TV being 4:3, widescreen TV being 16:9, common cinema widescreen being 1.85:1 or very wide at 2.39:1 – there are a lot more than see Wikipedia for more!).

One of these days I want to do some funky vertical images – watch this space for those!