This picture of the Cypress Trees is from Cypress Gardens park in Orlando. As I am going through my pictures…maybe it was not a bad choice to check this park out. A few nice pictures from here….thanks to these Cypress Trees. On this one I used my tripod and a shutter release with 5 exposures. When I post processed it in Photomatix I turned up the strength and it gave the Cypress trees some life! The detail in the base of the trees makes them look almost spooky. After I completed this picture all I could think about is the March of the Ents from Lord of the Rings (for those who have seen that movie you may know what I mean).
Here is a little info on cypress tress I found on the net – The bald cypress has a pyramidal shape similar to other conifers, with a broad buttressed base. It reaches up to 100 feet in height in its native environment, but rarely more than 70 feet in culture. In wet situations it develops ‘cypress knees’: curious growths which rise out of the ground or water and are believed to help the tree breathe in swampy conditions. The short green needles turn brown and drop off in the fall. Its bark is fibrous and an attractive reddish brown. The small, rounded cones are of little decorative effect.
I think Cypress trees go up high on my list to photograph. I’ll see if I can find more in FLA one day! Then I will be “swamped” with pictures!