Fantastic Trees And Where To Find Them: Nakagusuku, Okinawa, Japan

One Christmas while I lived in Okinawa my whole immediate family was able to fly out and visit. There was an entire list of places to see and things to show them while they were there. On one of the very first days that they were all there we decided to show them things that required less travel time, as everyone was pretty jet-lagged.

We ended up at Nakagusuku Castle while they were having a festival for "the little yellow flowers". It was a fun small festival with some traditional dances, and the people in charge of the festival seemed particularly pleased that we showed up and were fascinated by it all!

Back to the tree... my mom actually pointed it out to me. She suggested that I should photograph the really cool growth pattern you can see in the grain of the wood. The pattern makes me think of perfect "finger curls" from the 20's! 

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So, now you know, this tree can be found in Nakagusuku Castle in Okinawa. However, there are sure to be amazingly beautiful details found in all sorts of trees, if you look closely enough!

Fantastic Trees and Where To Find Them: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier National Park is essentially in my back yard. Ok, so technically speaking it is a few hours away, but it is certainly well within range where visiting should not have taken me as long as it did. Especially considering that I've taken road trips to Utah when I had a long weekend free more than once (where the destinations were over 16 hours away!!!)!

Even Rainier it being as close as it is I didn't actually visit until October of last year. Somehow it was a really clear weekend, which made it perfect for photographing the area, as Rainier is often almost invisible due to the cloud cover. 

Driving around the east side of the mountain I saw this scene slowly unfolding before me. The river running through the valley meant that the hills framed the peak in an interesting way. I was about to photograph from the pull out when I saw the vivid leaves up ahead tucked into the road side. I headed straight there and was delighted to find how well the yellow trees framed the scene, as well as being sprinkled throughout the valley!

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Have you ever taken forever to visit somewhere that was practically in your back yard?

Fantastic Trees and Where To Find Them: Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

While I was wandering around and photographing this area I couldn't help but think how spectacular it would be to see in the fall, when the poplar trees are a sea of golden leaves. The color would contrast so well with the deep green and blue tones from the evergreen forest, and highlight the red from the exposed canyon walls.

I also couldn't help but notice that the tree standing alone was the one that caught my attention and was the tree that I focused on instead of the densely wooded area. 

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This fantastic tree (and those fantastic trees!) can be found at Cedar Breaks National Monument, in Utah. 

Fantastic Trees and Where To Find Them: Mount Si, Washington

One of my favorite tree trends that I have found while hiking around the Pacific Northwest is ferns growing out of moss covered tree trunks or branches! It is a completely irresistible combination for me. Mix in a little good lighting and I'm standing in front of the tree having an Agnes unicorn moment straight out of Despicable Me. "It's so fluffy I'm going to die!!!"

This fantastically fluffy fern covered tree was found while frolicking up Mount Si. (Frolicking is a bit of a stretch, I was hiking slowly.)

Do you have any favorite tree trends in your area?

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