21 November 2008

Seedling, No. 1 Line

Seedling on ponga trunk
In the bush near the start of the No. 1 Line track, not far from the big rimu. This isn't a sprout, it's a seedling growing on the trunk of a ponga (tree fern).

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10 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

I love this one, Pete. I can smell the damp moss ...

pohanginapete said...

Anne-Marie, I biked up there this afternoon and walked up to the first lookout. The place I photographed this has changed a fair bit after the big July storm, and with the recent fine weather there's not much in the way of damp moss right now. Still, it looks like rain's on the way...

Emma said...

You know, Pete, the common thread amongst all your photos is their visceral nature. I am not sure quite how, but they manage to engage all my senses at once.

This one calls to mind the saying "bloom where you're planted."

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
I love this one. I can smell the bush from here!
Cheers,
Robb

Ruahines said...

Robb again Pete. I just read Anee-Marie's comment and laughed when I saw I wrote almost exactly the same thing! But that it was it says to me.
Cheers!

pohanginapete said...

Emma, that's a lovely compliment. Haiku, which have many similar qualities to photographs, seem to succeed best when they engage multiple senses, and I suspect the same can be said for many forms of art.

Robb, yes, the same comment offered independently does carry additional weight. I'm fascinated by how something that's apparently visual )only) can evoke other senses so strongly.

Greg Brave said...

Hi Pete,
This is a wonderful shot!
I'd call it "the beginning of a new life". I agree with Anne-Marie and Robb about the smell also. Amazing how a closeup can possess the bigger picture...

pohanginapete said...

Cheers Greg. Yes, I guess it's the visual equivalent of metonymy — the part representing the whole.

Michael said...

And the light. So delicate.

pohanginapete said...

Michael: If the sun's out, photographing inside the bush can be very difficult indeed. Much easier when it's overcast.