“Bunch of Keys” – Seaton Hiking Trail

“Bunch of Keys” - Seaton Hiking Trail

Not the most catchy title in the world, but that, essentially, is what this is. A bunch of maple keys, hanging from a tree at the Secord Trailhead. The tree was laying on its side, but I’m not sure exactly what happened to the tree to put it in its current state.

What struck me as odd, was that the keys, or seeds,  were still attached to the tree at this time of year. I would have expected them to have been released at some point earlier in the year. Maybe that has something to do with the tree being on its side or maybe it’s just the nature of this species, which I have not identified yet. The other possible answer is this bizarrely mild fall has somehow affected it. That will remain a mystery, for now.

Aside from the mystery of the keys, I was simply drawn by the glowing clusters and the fine details. It’s one of those generally mundane things we all walk past on any given day. But, if you stop and observe, it is wonderfully complex, from the veins in the key ‘wing’, to how the cluster is connected to the terminal branch. I thought it made for an interesting composition to spend some time looking at. Take a moment to see if you agree.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/100 sec, @ f/5.0 -0.33, ISO 250

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