If a picture paints a thousand words

This blog is a place for me to work on my photography. My goal is to submit a new picture every day and to get better as the moments go by. I take all pictures with my digital camera. I worked for years with a 35 mm minolta, and this is a learning experience for me. I am afraid that I got lazy and allowed the camera to choose most of the settings for me. This is my journey of learning how to shoot a camera that is not in a program mode. It is harder than I ever imagined. That makes this challenge both a new experience and a joy for me.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Palo Verde - Day 152

The Palo Verde tree is the state tree of Arizona.  It is slightly odd looking (like many of our more memorable plants) but can be found all over the desert regions of the state.  This one is a yellow Palo Verde tree and they can reach about 20 feet in height.  I loved the way that this one was all twisted up and compacted together.

I was not getting any closer to this tree.  You never know what is hiding in those branches.  Also, it has long, sharp, thorns on each of those branches to discourage anyone from getting too close.  Prowling through the desert during the middle of a winter storm is totally fun!!  Especially when I think of the snow back home!


  1. Weird? I wouldn't get any closer either.

  2. Being new to living in a warmer climate, I took some photos of trees this past summer and when I got home and cropped the photo, I realized I had been close to a black snake. I never saw it through the vines encircling the tree... I can only imagine what the desert has to offer. I love the yellow on the tree...is that under the bark?

  3. The yellow is the actual color of the bark of the tree. As the tree gets older, much of the bark will start turning brown. These trees have almost completely yellow bark when they are younger. This was a very old tree. Since I don't like snakes, spiders, or bees, I tend to stay away from places they might be hiding....

  4. That is a beautiful and scary looking old tree! I love this, gorgeous shot!