Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Old Gingko

One of my favorite places in Vicksburg, whatever the season.

The Old Gingko tree in the Vicksburg National Cemetery,
located in the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Here is the original color photo.  Which do you prefer?


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I like them both, but I like it in black and white best

Somehow the black and white shows the stark reality of war and the graves. The ginkgo is like a silent sentinel, standing guard over the fallen.

I don't ever remember seeing a ginkgo that large. It is really quite remarkable.



racheld said...

Such silent Witness SHOULD be in black and white sometimes, I think. And Magpie's, "Stark reality of War"---that says it all.

The snow and the bare trees and those stalwart stones have a color-in-the-mind all their own, and this time, even with your gifted lens, the translation into the FEELING of it is both intensified AND soothed by the grays and whites.

It takes on the look of engraving, like you could run your finger over the shapes and feel it with your hands as well as your heart.

Magnificent, both, my sweet friend.


Pat said...

Hello Janie,

Because of your previous posts on this beautiful tree, while in this area we actually have seen this amazing tree.

I generally like color photos best, but the black/white is more in keeping with the winter scene. But, I do like both photos.

Pat in Tallahassee