Do you have a favorite tree? Perhaps one in your backyard – or a neighbor’s yard just down the street? Or a favorite oak tree somewhere in Menlo Park or Atherton?
I’ve got mine – at least one of my favorites. It’s a Camperdown Elm at the end of the Bowling Green adjacent to the Pool House at Filoli in Woodside.
I love Filoli – and have been there many times. It’s such a quick trip north from home – and brings the sheer delight of a walk in an amazing garden within minutes. Add in the lovely cafe and it’s just perfect.
Photographers like to photograph their favorite spots early in the morning or near the end of the day – those are the golden light hours. But Filoli’s hours begin at 11 AM and end at 3:30 PM – leaving us mostly with mid-day light for our photographs. But if you get there at opening early in the year – when the sun is still low in the sky, you can find some magical light. And, on Wednesday this week, Filoli held a special day with late hours – closing instead at 7:30 PM. There’s another late closing coming up at Filoli later this summer – Wednesday, August 14. The days will be even shorter then!
I’ve included three images of my favorite tree – that Camperdown Elm at Filoli. The first one above is a black and white version of the color one below. I’ve used the color version as the header image on my blog for the last couple of months. The black and white version is almost electric in its contrast! This image was taken in early March in very special light!
Also below is a more recent shot – taken last Wednesday about 5:30 PM in the late afternoon light. The elm is heavy with leaves at this time of year.
Which one do you prefer?