A Fallen Acacia

In Summer, one of our Acacia trees snapped its trunk about five feet off the ground.  The colour of the bark and exposed timber against the dry grasses, and the shape of the branches kept drawing my attention.  Today, as I was scrolling through some old photographs, I came across this one.

I like this photograph because it has an abstract quality.  My attention moves between the tree in the foreground, and the scraggly growth in the background. The tree in the foreground almost becomes a frame for the thin lines of scrub in the background.  I am reminded of our landscape painters – Fred Williams comes to mind – and the photograph almost becomes a painting.

The painterly quality of this photograph resonates with me a great deal.


9 thoughts on “A Fallen Acacia

  1. Hi Lisa, I love this picture, too! Nature is pure art. It only depends on the way we observe what is around. Excellent shot! Have a good week ahead and take care! 🙂

    1. Thanks Fabio. I have taken so many shots of this tree. The contrast between the dark bark and the rich ochre-coloured timber looks fascinating from many angles. Also, burrowing larvae have created marvelous patterns on the surface of the branches, which become visible in the sections where the bark has peeled away. I’ll post some of those on another day. I hope you have a great week too. Lisa 🙂

      1. Hello Lisa, Thanks so much for the additional explanations! Looking forward to seeing the sequel! Thanks again! Take care. Fabio 🙂

      2. Lisa, Thanks so much for mentioning the painter Fred Williams. I will post one of his paintings soon. Enjoy your 15-acre place, where you get a so high yield! Reminds me of Machado de Assis, who wrote a universal literature staying all his time in Rio de Janeiro. Take care, my friend! 🙂

      3. Great! If you’re not familiar with his work, you might also enjoy Sidney Nolan – he often paints figures in the foreground, but if you look beyond the figure, the landscape is often the real subject.

        Also, a painter recognised as the first one to truly capture the Australian light, and who faithfully painted the landscape as it was back then, is Eugene Von Guerard – his painting of Tower Hill was used as a guide to revegetate what had become a bald hill and restore it to a native habitat.

        A well known school of landscape painters in Victoria was the Heidelberg School – many wonderful works among them too!

        Thanks for sharing an interest in the artists! Lisa 🙂

  2. I love this picture!
    Many of the Acacia species are short lived, but when they die they give themselves back to the earth to add nutrients and organic matter for the other organisms of the forest:) The picture kind of makes me think of a long bony figure reaching
    Awesome pic!

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