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December 28, 2007 / Bo Mackison

Oaks in Winter

Oak trees hold tight to their leaves
refuse to acknowledge
the passing of autumn
and stand stalwart in the snow,
awaiting spring.

Owen Conservation Park
Madison WI


  1. amuirin / Dec 28 2007 12:32 am

    How do you make photos look like paintings?

    I’ve seen people do the opposite, but this is the second time. I think the Iowa one was the first.

    This is obviously a mixed media, yeah. Leaves glued on, trees blunt edged at different levels…

    but then I squint, and by jove… it’s real.

  2. aullori / Dec 28 2007 1:02 am

    great shot – I love how the light source was utilized here, very very creative. I primarily like the depth… how things get more and more hazy the further in the photograph you look. Nice work.

  3. tirandofotos / Dec 28 2007 9:19 am

    ohh! nice!!!
    brown and white..

    i was writting you, and I forget about!
    your post remember me to continue!

    have a nice dayy!!

  4. rtd13 / Dec 28 2007 10:04 am

    Very nice capture Barbara…


  5. dianeschuller / Dec 28 2007 10:41 am

    Gorgeous. Where I live we can only grow the hardy Burr Oak. It too retains it’s leaves but the deep cold (minus 20 to minus 30 and beyond) and strong winds eventually win. By the time the leaves drop they’re brown, brittle, and well battered.

    Diane, Sand to Glass

  6. organicsyes / Dec 28 2007 12:50 pm

    Hi Barbara,
    Had to take a moment break of my “reading silence” to let you know I truly love your photos! Living in Michigan (close to WI) I see such similarities…you are caputring the essence of this time…I am inspired to get out the camera myself…actually, that would be a wonderful way for me to create and use my “open” time while not reading to explore the wonders of this beautiful land:)
    Thanks for your continued inspiration!

  7. montucky / Dec 28 2007 7:53 pm

    Very pretty! Surprising to see the leaves still on, but a beautiful effect!

  8. mon@rch / Dec 28 2007 9:16 pm

    Our Oaks always seem to be the last to drop their leaves also! Great shot!

  9. nouveaufauves / Dec 30 2007 2:08 am

    Yes they do…….. and everywhere, evidently from your comments. My lone water oak in my North Carolina yard still has a thin canopy of dry brown leaves.

  10. muzik316 / Jan 11 2008 9:22 am

    I just love the contrast on this!

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