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Tree and Granite, Pywiack Dome | by G Dan Mitchell
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Tree and Granite, Pywiack Dome

Tree and Granite, Pywiack Dome. Yosemite National Park, California. July 27, 2011. © Copyright 2011 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


A weathered juniper tree grows high on the granite face of Pywiack Dome, Yosemite National Park.


This is another "take" on the same juniper tree high up on the slopes of Pywiack Dome that was seen in another photograph of this area that I posted earlier this week. I went through a process of "refining" the photograph that I described in the earlier post, and this was the interpretation that I came up with right before the landscape orientation version that I posted earlier. Unlike that photograph, this one frames the area of the dome containing the tree more tightly.


The color balance is a bit different in this one, also. I thought about that quite a bit, at first feeling that the coloration should be essentially identical since the images were made at about the same time and include some of the same subject matter. But the more I thought about it - and the more I experimented with the results of trying for uniformity - the more I felt that the two photographs are different images and that different interpretations make sense.


These trees never cease to amaze me. I often come across what are evidently very old trees that seem to grow almost straight out of solid rock, and only a closer inspection reveals that roots have grown tightly into small and unlikely cracks and weaknesses in the granite. That this tree should have managed to take root half way up the side of this large dome is even more amazing, much less that it managed to avoid growing into the stunted and twisted sort of shape that is so common among such trees.


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Taken on July 27, 2011