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Is this an Ent?

Is this an Ent?
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-30
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/5 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-29 4:25
Viewed: 5612
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was drizzling, cold and the light was poor as I walked along the nature walk at Arthurs Pass, busily watching the ground and trying to stay out of the mud. I turned a bend in the track and heard a creak. I looked up and ‘oh my goodness, its an Ent’.

(For those who don’t know Ents were the humanoid tree creatures from “Lord of the Rings”.)

I decided I’d drunk too much wine the night before and headed back to the car.

Days later, when I was processing my shots at home, I thought wait a minute, there’s two arms, an eye, nose and mouth and down below, are they feet?.

OK, so I have an imagination, sorry (lol). This is of course a Mountain Beech (Northofagus solandri) ,one of the dominant trees at this altitude (around 950m) in Arthurs Pass National Park. It’s a beautiful forested area, with everything covered in mosses and lichens. There are plenty of tress like this one that you could easily tern in Ents, its no wonder they chose to shoot “Lord of the Rings” here, it’s very spooky!!!

Thanks for looking

taba, aes_thor, Hormon_Manyer, wuta, Silvio2006, Janice has marked this note useful
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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-05-29 4:34]

Hi Chris
I like the dense light of the deep forest here.
and it looks like an ent tree, yes..
I like most the light and the greens on the "ent" tree...

well done.


Hi Chris.
Really magic place it must be- who knows, maybe after sunset they came to live;), very similar forests covered with moss I've seen in Scotland's Highland- looks really spooky, something like BlairWitch...
nice forest photograph, very natural.
TFS, cheers!

Hi Chris,

I also do like this type of forest photos very much, most of all if they are captured so well as this one. Perfect documentation of a subtropical Nothofagus forest, which differs so much from our woods!

Let me show You the "almost-brother" of Nothofagus, our Fagus sylvatica. Interesting difference.

Tfs, regards, László


On the road now and just marking now, will be back later...


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-01 23:56]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding forest view and the dense growth is portayed so beautifully. The moss filled undergrowth also looks to nice. Beautiful lighting and nice colours. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-06-02 9:48]

Hello Cris , It's a beauty tri , nice story haha , but it's a good shot good compositie colours light ,I like it , greetings Teunie .

Hi Chris, splendid view of fascinating forest with wonderful great tree and fantastic colors, I like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-05 7:50]

Hello Chris

That forest looks enchanted.I can imagine it would be a spooky place on a foggy night.
The details are sharp with lovely rich,natural colours.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-09 3:06]

This does look like a wet bush, especially with all that moss growing on the trees and ground.
Ents - yes, maybe this is one - I can see the arms raised up high.
Good find Chris

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