I will not bow to the wind ("infrared" version)
A massive storm blew through town Thursday (August 23, 2007). Well, through *all* of Chicagoland, actually. Wheaton reported wind speeds of 90 mph, but we only saw 60-80 mph winds in Romeoville, where this tree lives.
I took this shot just minutes before the big wind blender hit us. Afterward, it was too wet to do anything else but get wet on the porch while admiring the hand of nature flattening anything that could bend. The kids sat on my lap until the surround-sound stereo lightning and thunder drove them back inside.
I love this tree, it sits right outside our home, directly in front of our porch. It greets us in the morning as the sun rises over the marsh behind it. It hails the sunset at night and proclaims even the slightest change in weather with its long streamers of leaves. My kids love to climb it and enjoy its green, canopied privacy (on becalmed days with little wind, that is). When I stand beside its trunk I feel as if I am a child, hidden in the skirts of a protective mother. It's not on my property, but when we water the lawn, we also share with this sentinel outside our home.
This is the black and white version of the color shot. I applied an "infrared" filter and a little grain. And a whole bunch of other secret sauce stuff, besides. Hope you like it.
I can't decide which is my favorite.