K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Trees

Another Monday morning is upon us… well, upon me-you may have already passed through yours and are moving into your afternoon or evening.

Around these parts, Monday also signals a brand new ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’. On Friday, my buddy Dale offered the challenge for the week: ‘The Trees’ is the idea he put before us and it took me a good portion of the weekend to decide on the images I wanted to use.

*Check out Dale’s Monday post right here.

When it comes to trees, you won’t get far here in San Francisco without mentioning the magnificent Golden Gate Park. I knew I wanted to dip into my GGP archives for this challenge and I have LOTS of park shots.

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, trees in nature

Golden Gate Park… I love you…

A few facts:

Golden Gate Park is HUGE as in one thousand, seventeen acres huge. It also stretches three miles from east to west, and half a mile from north to south. I used to think it wasn’t as big as New York City’s Central Park, but Central Park is only eight hundred and forty-three acres, so there you go.

Note: Here’s a link to some Golden Gate Park information. Some of t you may know- some of it… now so much.

Golden Gate Park trees

I may not have ventured in here… but I wanted to…

There are almost too many great spots for tree shots in the park, with plenty areas I’ve yet to explore. I include four photos with the hopes it’s enough to show off some of my favorite areas.

Golden Gate Park trees, San Francisco trees

..only the Ancients have roots like this…

Tree leaves and branches are what usually draw our eyes first, but I stop to check these massive tree roots out every time I pass them. I can’t tell you why they’re exposed this way, but I’m drawn to them. I also decided to give it a sepia tone treatment. (Oh, there’s a waterfall to the left of these roots I’ll have to add to a future post.)

The skies above San Francisco's Golden Gate Park reflected in a small lake in the area.

…wide angled dream skies in the park, reflected in the still waters…

I finish with a shot that hopefully shows the expansiveness of the park, its wide open space, tall, tall trees, reflections through still water- lots of small man-made lakes in the park. The small structure over in the bottom left corner must be about ten feet high, but you’d never know it in this shot. It’s a cool bit of contrast to my eye.

So there you have it, my take on Dale’s prompt, ‘The Trees’ for our ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’. I’ll link up Dale’s contribution later today so you can see that too.

Considering joinging the challenge? It’s not that hard. Create your post with atitle somewhat similar to the one you see above or at Dale’s site. Copy your post’s URL and paste it into the comment section of this or Dale’s challenge post today. Lastly in your tag section, add our world-famous tag, #CosPhoChal and you’re done!

K’lee L. © 2016


18 thoughts on “K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Trees

  1. Lovely shots! I live on the other side of the planet – but I’ve visited San Francisco twice in my life. I found it to be a very special, beautiful, friendly place – and so photogenic. I have very happy memories of wandering in the park (and the city, and the sea, and the bridge…)
    I still have a t-shirt with the name of an old airfield on it, which is now a nature reserve.
    Your pictures revive some very nice memories 🙂

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  2. Great shots, K’lee! Especially the smooth trunks in the moody lighting. I have walked in the park myself, and enjoyed tea at the Japanese Tea House, and both a Pirates of Penzance performance and a Pete Seeger concert on the grass. 🙂

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        1. It’s one of the things that remains a positive constant in San Francisco: the love of music and entertainment, especially when you’re talking about outdoor events in (potentially) good weather.

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  3. I didn’t realize Golden Gate Park was so big and wild-looking. One of the times when I was in San Fran I remember passing by a park with a conservatory and then later finding a deserted shoreline to wander along — it was in November and dreary which is probably why it was deserted. Is this the Golden Gate Park?

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    1. The park itself is massive, beginning almost directly across from the ocean and running virtually the length of the city. The ruins you saw at the coast are called Sutro Baths. On a cold, dreary day in winter, I would definitely call the place spooky! I tell people who plan a visit or even just visitors who ask me about the park to plan a few days to see everything worth seeing… It’s that big… My tree shots are only a small sampling of the whole.


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