What treasures we find if we only turn and look.
Is that awesome or what? There are so many colors of leaves in this one small area, but the lichen tree, as I named it, is actually completely dead and bare, is what really makes it for me. The sun had been covered by overcast as I traveled around photographing, so the colors had a special intensity as if they really needed to shine out of the darkness, and the shadows were denser than usual. It lends the scene an air of mystery, as if it’s an entry, or portal.
Typically I like to use my artwork for my monthly featured image and desktop calendar, but every once in a while there’s a photo that is just as deeply special to me as one of my paintings. Of all the photos I took last autumn, rambling and running around to capture the most beautiful autumn I’ve seen in years, this photo is my favorite of all, even nearly a year later. The bare tree covered with blue lichen still watches over this patch of forest, filled with such immense diversity of color and shape, like an ancient guardian of a holy place. I feel magic in it, maybe a presence, something beyond my senses that welcomes me in. In part, it also holds a memory of a friend’s relative who I knew, who enjoyed my photography and would have loved this photo, and I couldn’t share it with him. Possibly all that is intertwined.
“The Lichen Tree” is in Settler’s Cabin Park.
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This month’s desktop calendar
Wallpaper calendars are free to download. You’ll find them below along with instructions.
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- Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
- For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
- For mobile devices, press on the image to bring up a menu and choose “open in new window”. Go to that window and press until a menu appears and choose as “set as wallpaper” or “set as lock screen” or whatever you’d like—this is slightly different on all devices.
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