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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Fifty Eight: Man and nature -- expressing our relationship with the environment > Faded inscriptions, Yosemite National Park, California, 2008
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Faded inscriptions, Yosemite National Park, California, 2008
14-MAY-2008

Faded inscriptions, Yosemite National Park, California, 2008

The Giant Sequoias that stand in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove are among the largest on earth. Some of them are over 2,000 years old. This one fell 300 years ago, and generations of visitors have inscribed their names on the curving surfaces of its ancient roots. I moved the camera close to a few of those inscriptions. Time has made most of them illegible. The fallen Sequoia proves that even the oldest living things eventually fall and die. Yet this tree managed to survive far longer than the faded inscriptions carved into its roots.

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Phil Douglis27-May-2008 00:36
Texture and coloration play a huge role in nature photography, Alina. Expressing texture requires emphatic light, and getting accurate color is a function of our color sensors and the correcting what they come up with, if need be, later with Photoshop. As you can see, I made this image at 2:00 pm in the afternoon -- not the best light of the day, but not the worst either. As for the almond color of the roots, I tried to match the memory of what I saw with my own eyes.
Alina26-May-2008 23:23
Beautiful texture Phil and you capture the sequoia’s almond color perfectly!
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