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This month's photo contest at Gardening Gone Wild is all about perspective. David Perry challenged his readers to get down on the ground and shoot from knee-level or below. He wants shots that evoke a visceral response, shots that look at a (perhaps common) garden object in a way that's fresh and unexpected.
This is a challenge after my own heart. I carry a rain poncho in my camera bag so I can get down & dirty with whatever subject catches my eye, even if it's rained the night before. Who wants to miss a great shot just because the ground is a little squishy?
This copper beech is in my sister Sarah's yard. It's a magnificent tree from any angle, but when you're lying on your back, looking up I-don't-know-how-many-feet, the sense of exhileration and vertigo is remarkable. I took tens of shots, but this one pleased me most. I think the placement of the out-of-focus trunk in the upper right quadrant adds a sense of dizziness.
It's a noble tree that dwarfs us all.