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Another view from Lost Maples

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Bigtooth Maple with Gnarled Trunk Turning Colors 6506

Here’s another and closer look at one of the bigtooth maples, Acer grandidentatum, I photographed in Lost Maples State Park and Natural Area on November 14th. The gnarled trunk, with a bole below its narrowest part and pronounced widening above, caught my attention as much as the colorful leaves.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 3, 2014 at 5:36 AM

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  1. Love the yellow! We should make it a point to go there for the fall foliage.


    December 3, 2014 at 7:41 AM

  2. It was one of my favorite places to visit with my father in Texas.


    December 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    • Happy memories, Dave. My father typically visited me in Austin each December, but we never went to Lost Maples. He lived in New York, so there was no need to go to a place that stands out in Texas but wouldn’t in the Northeast.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

  3. Sure am glad you found these poor maples 🙂
    Like you, I really like the look of gnarled boles. These beauties are really impressive.


    December 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    • I expect you could work all that gnarly texture into one of your paintings, and of course the fall foliage too.

      No question I was glad I made the trip, regardless of the deterring sky.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

  4. Gorgeous fall color is such an amazing gift…Your photo is such a wonderful reminder of our treasures.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    December 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    • My impression is that fall foliage is a lot more prevalent where you are than where I am, so down here we treasure it all the more when we find any, especially a large amount in one place.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2014 at 3:26 PM

  5. This tree has a definite Ent quality to it. It appears to be reaching out toward the photographer.

    Steve Gingold

    December 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

  6. I do like the way you balanced the cluster of leaves and the trunk of the tree. They seem evenly weighted, somehow: the leaves more solid than usual, and the trunk more delicate. It’s nice to see the yellow, too. The reds can be so vibrant, and sometimes seem to demand attention, but these are equally lovely.


    December 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    • As much as I wanted to get the reds, the orange and yellow-orange of the maples needed recording too.

      This image is cropped a bit, and I did some mental balancing as I weighed the foliage against the solidity of the trunk and tried to decide how much space to leave to its right.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

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