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Trees: Nature's Art - by Chris and Connie Jacobson

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Our Tree

We have been photographing this tree during the different seasons for several years. It is located in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, WA. This is the "Spring" view after all the fresh new greenery has sprouted.



Live Oaks

We came upon this pastoral scene with live oaks just outside Yosemite National Park near Mariposa, CA. The morning sun had just cleared the horizon to highlight the trees in the field.



Larch Trees at Blewett Pass

These Larch trees stand out against the first snow of the season. Blewett pass is located on Highway 97 between Cle Elum, WA and Leavenworth, WA.



Japanese Maple at the Arboretum

This Japanese Maple is just one example of the fall color that can be seen at the Washington Park Arboretum during the first three weeks of November each year.



Giant Sequoias

This Giant Sequoias tree is located in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. This particular tree is almost 18 feet in diameter making it a long lived resident of the grove.



Sentinels of the Palouse

We came across these trees while photographing from Kamiak Butte in the Palouse country on eastern Washington State. The trees looked they were standing guard over the fresh new greenery of wheat and barley in early spring.



Fire Tree

When the conditions are just right, this tree almost looks like is on fire. This is another of the trees in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, WA that we frequently photograph.



Quinault Rainforest

The Quinault rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington State is a prime example of just how much rain falls on the area. Lush green ferns and mosses carpet the trees and forest floor due to an average annual rainfall of over 120 inches.



Juniper and Cathedral Rock

We came upon this Juniper on a little plateau near the turn off to Red Rock Crossing, just south of Sedona, AZ. We liked the starkness of the area surrounding the Juniper. It show just how hard it is for plant survival in the heat of the southwest.



Aspens in Fall Splendor

Stevens Pass, at 4061 feet, puts on a yearly display of flashy fall colors. The white of the Aspens contrasted with the red of the vine maple makes for a visual feast for the eyes.



Fall Colors at Stevens Pass

Again, the fall colors at Stevens Pass, located about 60 miles east of Everett, WA on State Highway #2, are simply amazing. This blast of color is typical of what can be seen every year as the fall season progresses.



Trees in Fog

The Washington Park Arboretum comes through again. On one of my many, many yearly trips to the Arboretum I was rewarded with an early morning fog shrouding the trees. This scene practically begged for the panorama format.



After the Ice Storm

The aftermath of a very rare ice storm in Seattle is highlighted by a brilliant blue sky. Most winters in Seattle seldom get below freezing, but an arctic cold front brought near 0-degree temperatures with it. Many trees throughout western Washington were damaged by the weight of the ice.



Flowering Crabapple Tree

This flowering crabapple tree jumped right out of the fog. It was an absolute pleasure to see such a burst of color in an otherwise drab landscape.



Carpet of Leaves

A strong evening wind assured that the last remnants of fall would be found under the trees and not on them. It seemed as though the piles of leaves were almost two feet deep.



Pond Reflections

We were driving east on I-90 near Cle Elum, WA, and noticed this great reflection. After a quick exit and backtrack to the pond, we were rewarded with not only with the reflection but also with wonderful fall color.


Tree in Palouse Field

This small cluster of trees gives respite to the undulating fields of the Palouse in eastern Washington. We liked the graphic element it lends to the photograph.


Jedediah Smith Redwoods

The Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City, CA., is one of the few remaining old growth stands of redwoods left in the country. Most of the trees seen here average 10 to 12 feet in diameter, making this an awe inspiring two and one-half mile hike.


Explosion in Red

During the fall season, the Japanese maple trees in the Washington Park Arboretum literally explode with the color red.


Larch at Blewett Pass

Connie spotted this dark mirrored image of a Larch tree while we were at Blewett Pass in central Washington State. The light the lit up just the one tree lasted for only a minute or two so Connie had to work quickly to get a few shots off before it disappeared for good.

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About the Exhibit: Trees: Nature's Art

Trees have always fascinated us. As kids, we climbed them, over our parents' protest, right to the top just to see how far we could see. Dead branches knocked off during a wind storm or under the weight of heavy snow became the sword used to fend off the "Black" Knight or slay the fire-breathing dragon. We snip and trim and manicure and train tiny limbs to become living art known as bonsai trees. We harvest and haul and mash trees into pulp that become ingredients for the paper we use for books and magazines and newspapers and bags for our groceries. We use lumber to build houses for shelter and houses for show.

Trees are many things to different people. For my wife and I, they are more than just a crop to be harvested. They are living things, some as old as 4,000 years. We try to see the beauty in trees. This showcase is our tribute to the sometimes stark, sometimes bold, sometimes delicate and sometimes just "knock your socks off" brilliant beauty that we find in Trees: Natures' Art.

About the Photographers: Chris and Connie Jacobson

Chris and Connie Jacobson call Redmond, WA home. We have been involved in photography for over 28 years. For the past 8 years, Chris has been at it full-time. Connie works for a living but accompanies Chris whenever possible. Connie is the inspiration for the beauty that Chris finds in this world. We use many formats: 35mm, 6x7cm, 6x9cm, panorama, and 4x5". We love traveling to new locations and find a sense of wonder at this great country of ours. Most of the trees in this showcase were taken in the Pacific Northwest, which goes to show that you can find wonderful subjects to photograph right in your own backyard. We hope you enjoy viewing this showcase as much as we enjoyed producing it. Please visit our website at We would appreciate your comments, please send them to

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