Sunday, December 8, 2013


Macrocarpa hedges are a popular option for shelter belts on many southern farms. Their ability to form a dense living mass helps to keep the wind down, allowing stock to take cover from severe weather. This one appealed because of the strict, almost military precision trimmed bottom section and the left to its own natural growth top.
Decades ago when I was first getting into learning about influential photographers, I was most attracted to the snaps of Edward Weston. He lived and photographed in Carmel on the West Coast of the USA.
Many of his photographs included trees he romantically referred to as Monterey Cypress. Turns out it is what we call Macrocarpa. This part of the states also gave us Pinus radiata, the basis of our modern timber industry. Sadly the only advantage of pine is that it grows very fast here and gives the plantation owners a quicker profit. Macrocarpa is a far more interesting wood.

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