Late this afternoon I took the opportunity of some good light on various trees near Plockton to take some close-up shots of their bark. The Caledonian Rainforest is a fantastic, diverse and hugely interesting woodland, taking all sorts of form, from native pinewoods to Atlantic oakwoods. These shots are of three of the most important species, Scots pine, Sessile oak and Downy birch. I took these with my 31mm extension ube and the aperture at its smallest to try and retain a decent depth of field. The bark of these trees is interesting in its own right but the lichens and mosses that inhabot the neuks and crannies add texture and colour.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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