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Clinger (BW)

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 11 August 2007 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

“Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship." -- Gillian Anderson (aka Dana Scully)

Friendships are interesting duels of competing interests and needs which can be mutually helpful and upbuilding. Or not.

I thought BW offers the best visual interpretation for this intertwined friendship/relationship of tree and clinging vine which I recently found in the Everglades.

Reminds me of some complicated personal relationships I've known.

NIKON D50 1/500 second F/6.0 300 mm

tyan from Singapore

oh what a beautiful shot!And yes so true,the quotation!~"Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship." -- Gillian Anderson (aka Dana Scully)

11 Aug 2007 6:53am

@tyan: Thaks tyan. Glad you like this one, and the quote. I like to tie images and good thoughts or stories together.

Bron from Canberra, Australia

True Viewfinder! I try to help my young adult sons develop into fully rounded beings who neither need to cling nor to be clung to but to grow in relationship beside others like strong tall trees. Sometimes they hear, sometimes they don't :) If only it was that easy... Nice shot!

11 Aug 2007 9:37am

@Bron: You are doing well by them; whether they choose to heed at this point or not, this wisdom is taking root deep inside. Glad you came by today.

Lorraine from Canada

VF, astounding image...I love trees, I'm going to assume that if if gets tired of the cling, the vines will go away ;)

11 Aug 2007 9:51am

@Lorraine: Thanks, Lorraine. Clinging vines (as some relationships) don't often go away easily.

HorseRotorVator from Newton, United States

Great shot! Super great words to go with it! I love when pictures make me think about life. :)

11 Aug 2007 10:37am

@HorseRotorVator: Thanks, HRV. Have a great Saturday, friend.

Sina Ahmadi from Tehran, Iran

WOW ... what a great subject and what an excelent shot!

11 Aug 2007 11:05am

@Sina Ahmadi: Thank you, Sina. Have a wonderful Saturday.

Rebecca from Leicester, United Kingdom

A timeless image, Viewfinder, and so beautifully composed! Most insightful narrative too (and personally for me, most timely)...Thank you! This has become my thought for the day.

11 Aug 2007 12:24pm

@Rebecca: Rebecca, glad this one is helpful and timely. Thanks for the nice compliments on the image, too.

Saed from Mashhad, Iran

Oh! It's really great! Bravo VF!

11 Aug 2007 12:37pm

@Saed: I am so glad you like this one Saed; I especially liked you image today and the thought you included with it.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Terrific shot. The composition makes good use of the vines lines. They seem to me to be more like a prison.

11 Aug 2007 3:36pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you Michael. Yes, prison or "clinging" vines do seem to restrict more than make free, in this image anyway.

Vanessa from Kent, United Kingdom

Love the quotation brilliant shot too

11 Aug 2007 5:16pm

@Vanessa: I'm smiling with appreciation. Thanks Vanessa.

Ken McCoy from Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL, United States

Great visual metaphor. Very challenging sun/shade exposure.

11 Aug 2007 5:42pm

@Ken McCoy: Yes, perceptive comment. This one could be a bit over exposed in the area of the tree/vine intersection. Even so, I decided not to do too much tweaking. If I were going to enter it into a contest or print it in a calendar or book, I'd mess with it more and try to get it just right.

Rags from Plano, United States

it's like the clinger is hugging the tree. I wonder if they're lovers.

11 Aug 2007 7:45pm

@Rags: Vines and trees -- lovers? Hmm. It would be kind of a Capulet and Montague sort of affair, I'm afraid. ;-)

zoloper from Bucuresti, Romania

interesting plant blending :D .. the vines seem like a snake who is sqishing it's victim, leaving it with no air .. hmm, think i saw too much crime movies lately :P

11 Aug 2007 9:40pm

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

You´re so bloody right! BW is the best. And this shot IS the best!

13 Aug 2007 7:25pm

bronzebilly u.k. from cardiff, United Kingdom

another superb b/w VF--great result from lifting the contrast on the trunk--billy

13 Aug 2007 10:01pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I agree with those who agree that B&W is a good choice for this image.

15 Aug 2007 2:01pm

Bumble from United Kingdom


16 Aug 2007 5:49am

@Bumble: lol... thanks for commenting today.

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