February 23, 2008

In Brooklyn Heights, with a fisheye lens...

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... the trees look like retinal capillaries. (I prefer these images enlarged: here and here.)

9 comments:

Middle Class Guy said...

the trees look like retinal capillaries



Looks like my eyes after a night on the town.

peter hoh said...

Nicely disorienting.

Ed said...

There's a good reason why the trees look like retinal capillaries. For a tree, it needs to spread out its leaves to catch the maximum amount of sunlight for a minimum amount of trunk/branch material. In the eye, the capillaries have to deliver blood to a maximum number of cells while minimizing the amount of capillary material. See the Fractal Geometry of Nature for a more detailed explanation:

http://tinyurl.com/ynovpv

rhhardin said...

Maple with dog Sunday morning.

So clear that we got snow fog from it.

Bissage said...

Bissage performed a scientific experiment on himself. . . so you don’t have to:

Here’s what happened. First, I looked at those photos and thought they were interesting. You know, trees. Old trees. Old, leafless trees. Old, leafless trees with branches.

Next, I consumed a large quantity of Diet Pepsi Max–Invigorating Cola.™ Why? Because it was in the fridge, that’s why.

And then, feeling some odd side effects, once more I looked at those photos . . . and . . . and . . . and . . . TREE PEOPLE!!! . . . OMIGOD!!! . . . it’s TREE PEOPLE!!! . . . for real !!! . . . they’re reaching down for me with their ARMS!!! . . . their ARMS!!! . . . OMIGOD!!! . . . we’re all gonna die!!! . . . RUN . . . RUN . . . RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! . . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

So you see, Mrs. Bissage really shouldn’t buy that kind of stuff just because it was on sale and she had a double-coupon.

I blame her.

George said...

More 'Remarkable Trees of the World'

In this case, photographed by Thomas Pakenham....

Verso said...

Two awesome photographs. These are easily among your best ever (IMHO), and that is saying a lot (because you've taken a number of great photos).

I would love poster-sized prints of both of those on my walls.

Verso said...

Oh, and: Excellent use of the fisheye lens.

Middle Class Guy said...

The Ents arrive in Brooklyn.