“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree…” — Trees by Joyce Kilmer
Perhaps words can’t convey the loveliness of trees, but their beauty can be captured in photographs. That’s what 16 readers did for this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment of “trees.” Trees provide cooling shade, lumber for homes and the air that we breathe. Stockton carries a “Tree City, USA” designation by the Arbor Day Foundation and there are not only thousands of trees within the city limits there are many more — wild, domestic and farmed — in the surrounding area.
A total 82 pictures of trees were sent in. Here are some of the best examples.
Some people traveled far afield to get their photos of trees, Oran Schwinn of Stockton stayed closer to home. Schwinn used a Google Pixel XL phone to photograph a pine tree at Quail Lakes Baptist Church in Stockton. He shot from the base of the tree upwards. Its trunk, with its bark providing some great visual texture, leads the viewers’ eye with a bold diagonal into the photo. The resulting photo is worthy of any giant redwood tree in any national forest.
Trees are also habitats for all types of creatures and the next set of photos capture wildlife in their natural settings.
Rick Wilmot of Lodi went on a photography tour led by Valley Springs-based landscape photographer John Slot at Pardee Lake. Wilmot used a Canon 7D DSLR camera equipped with a 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens to photograph a majestic bald eagle perched in a Ponderosa pine tree at the reservoir near Ione.
Diane Beltz of Stockton captured fauna that’s a little less exotic, though no less photogenic. She used a Canon Powershot SX530 digital point and shoot camera to photograph a squirrel peeking through the branches a tree at the Japanese Tea Garden at Micke Grove Park in Lodi.
Trees also provide refuge to domesticated animals too. Carolyn Silva of Jackson used a Nikon 5000 DSLR camera…