Photo of the Week – January 15, 2015

Earlier this week, I wrote about interesting holes in the bark of burned ponderosa pine trees at our Niobrara Valley Preserve.  However, I wasn’t actually focused on documenting holes in trees at the time – I was just looking for interesting photo compositions.  Ponderosa pine bark patterns are always fun to explore, but the additional contrast between the tawny browns and the charred black from the wildfire created even more intriguing images than usual.  The photo below was my favorite from that trip’s pine bark art.

Ponderosa pine bark on a burned tree at The Nature Conservancy's Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.
Ponderosa pine bark on a burned tree at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

The photo reminds me of a Rorschach test.  What do you see in it?  I see the tall face of an angry looking man looking to the right.  He may or may not be sticking out his tongue.  I think I’d prefer not to hear Dr. Rorschach’s diagnosis of my personality characteristics…

8 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – January 15, 2015

  1. elfinelvin January 15, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    You have a very good eye. That is art. However, I see a lizard looking back at me. A very sad lizard.

  2. Joanne January 15, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Or a Pacific Northwest totem pole

  3. Karen Hamburger January 15, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    I see a monkey face and he is howling in the top 3/4 of the photo. The hole is the eye.

  4. marilyn faulk lanser January 16, 2015 / 5:36 am

    I see a distorted Kabuki actor with a blonde pompadour and little arms….if you turn the image 90 deg. counter-clockwise, the face will melt into an aerial view of a landscape. Yes, I had to look at my monitor with my head parallel to the floor, but it’s worth the neck crick. : ) Fun Rorschach!

  5. bugman13 January 16, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Very interesting image.

  6. Patrick January 16, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    First impression: lava flow

  7. anastaciast January 17, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    All I can see is the homework. :( Still trying to discover the reason for the chewed holes. Have reached out to several experts with no reply as of yet.

  8. Lisa January 20, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Homer Simpson.

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