On a recent beautiful, cold day, with the possibility of wintry weather ahead , we went in search of Bald Eagles to photograph along the Mississippi River. Only two flew by, so we looked around for another subject. When we looked up into the Sycamore tree next to our vehicle we saw several late winter compositions. Here is one with three Sycamore seed balls glowing in the mid-afternoon sun.
Sycamores (Planatanus occidentalis) are often described as stately. This young tree showed promise of one day becoming a giant. Already it had a healthy crop of fruit including this trio. As the trunk thickens, the mottled bark in shades of gray, olive and white will have interesting abstract patterns. Trees are not just background or objects in a landscape photograph. They are full of interesting subjects and compositions for the photographer who thinks “small is beautiful.”