The first season of the year, winter, casts a brilliant cold light on those that live to reach up into light: trees.
Spread across the countryside, lining trails, bordering streams, they move into the sky in tangled nets and knots of rough branches. They show their character, their weathered faces, their twisted forms, and like friends who lock arms and stand together, these trees stand in solidarity against a backdrop of winter’s cold light.
When the sun is strong, they soak up shadows and come out on stage as larger-than-life silhouettes, not as leads but as bit players. But together they create a drama–tall guards, guarding the light.
They are winter’s guardians.
Winter is a wonderful time to be outside taking landscape photographs. Barren trees open up vistas and expose parts of the landscape that remain hidden during the other seasons. They also expose the character of nature.
All of these images were shot on an iPhone.