Thursday, January 7, 2010


I'm not sure if "treescapes' is actually a word but I thought it to be an approprate title for this post anyway!
We had a lovely day/night/morning camping at McLaren's Falls and as I hoped I was able to get out and about with my camera. I took some 'treescape' photos as well as many others! One of the highlights for me was the songs of the many birds in the area, waking up to the morning chorus of the birds hearing the night calls of prey birds like the native NZ Morpork (owl family) and NZ Falcons. What a great way to start the day! Kiwi live in the area we camped but unfortunately I didn't detect any of their calls.Maybe next time:)

The bark peeling on the big ol Bluegum Tree is art in itself and I was also excited to find the ruby red sap 'bead' on the trunk. I was looking for gum on the trees I saw thanks to the inspiration I got from the Ning 'Art from the Heart' groups Organic challenge. I've never really notice sap before!
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All of the above photos were taken of different parts of this tree and I collected fallen bark from it's base to bring home. I hope to turn it into a powder form and learn how to use it's natural colour for creating pigments to paint with. I will keep you posted:)


The Weaver of Grass said...

I have to say Lisa that one or two of those photos would translate marvellously to embroideries.

sondra said...

Hi Lisa,
Love the texture in these photos and I could see them used as thermofaxs and then printed on fabric or paper. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
Best to you,

Annie said...

Treescapes sums it up perfectly! Gorgeous shots.

La Dolce Vita said...

if it is not we shall make it a word! I am so with you ... while out on my frigid walk, I noticed a peely barky tree and I when the snow bank finally clears, I will collect some to see what I can do with it! love yor photos! beautiful!!

neva gagliano said...

i give license to all wordmaking. see? just made one for you!
so nice to see the other side of the planet and sunshining. two different worlds in a way. such exquisite bark..enjoy the walks. i peak through the whiteness here and see so many things! love the seasonal changes, love the looking deeply.

John M. Mora said...

Its sounds like a fantastic morning!

Geat images too, mum....NZ and NY share almnost no birds other than the house sparrow and mallard duck, swans, etc brought in by Europeans.

Off Montery Bay (California) years ago I did see shearwaters in September than nest in NZ....we were 60 miles out at sea where they might be blue whales that day but a million birds in the air or floating.

ArtPropelled said...

Sounds idyllic! Great photos. Looking up the tree, through the branches into the beautiful blue sky gives one such a great sense of space.

layers said...

I think treescape is a very apt name for your images--- because up close they really do look like some sort of 'scape'

Seth said...

Such great textures. Nothing quite like nature!