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S: TREES: Photography by Paul W. Winger

BC: "For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver." ~Martin Luther | Published September 2012

FC: T R E E S | Photography by Paul W. Winger

1: Whenever I venture out to capture images of nature with my camera, I find I am always drawn to the subject of trees. Whether it is a vast forest, a grove, a small group, a solitary tree, just a branch or two, its leaves, or simply the bark, I am consistently inspired by the infinite variety of shapes, colors, and configurations presented to me by trees. The images in this book were captured during the past five years with the exception of eight photographs that were made in the 1980s. ~Paul W. Winger | University of Minnesota Golf Course - Falcon Heights, Minnesota | Front Cover: Hillside grove and gravestone - Franklin County, Kentucky Back Cover: University of Minnesota - Saint Paul, Minnesota Campus | 1

2: Trees at Como Park Living close to Saint Paul's Como Park has allowed me to make numerous impromptu visits to take a few, or perhaps several, photographs whenever the weather is inviting or when my spirit motivates me to go shoot. This outstanding public park features a wonderful conservatory (built in 1915), a Japanese garden, a zoo, a lake, flower gardens, and a golf course. The expansive grounds also feature a wide variety of types and sizes of trees which are featured in the next few pages. | A foggy March afternoon near the West Picnic Shelter | 2 | Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden

3: Autumn colors on the shore of Lake Como | 3

4: A small grove near Lake Como and the Lakeside Pavilion in Fall and Winter | 4

5: Como Park in Winter When the snows of winter arrive, the park loses its large crowds that are so very common during the other three seasons. Como Park then transforms itself into a very peaceful place where solitude and a singular type of beauty prevails. | A stand of pines near Lexington Parkway and Estabrook Drive | Windswept trees at the intersection of Lexington Parkway and East Como Boulevard | 5

6: Snow covered pines on the Como Park Golf Course - Christmas Day 2010 | 6

7: A lone pine on the Como Park Golf Course near Lexington Avenue - Christmas Day 2010 | 7

8: A frosted evergreen near the Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden | 8

9: Multi-colored Autumn trees near the Butterfly parking lot | The last tree with leaves near Como Avenue | Stubborn leaves - Como Park Golf Course | 9

10: Foggy afternoon near the West Picnic Shelter - March 12, 2010 | 10

11: Afternoon Fog on March 12, 2010 While driving home from an errand, I noticed that an early afternoon fog was rolling in. Thankfully, I had my camera with me and was close to Como Park. I decided to see what effect the fog had on the park. I pulled into the West Picnic Area's parking lot and found myself surrounded by a magical environment. I was able to capture a few images, including the larger photo on page two. Within several minutes after arriving the fog suddenly began to lift. The fog had only lasted a little more than a half hour. I was truly fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. | A moody March afternoon | 11

12: Trees in Kentucky My oldest and closest friend, Mike Benassi, is a native of Frankfort, Kentucky. Since the early seventies, I have made several trips to visit him. During each of these visits he has indulged my photography and love of nature by introducing me to many compelling areas of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The images on the next few pages come from a number of these outings. | Natural Bridge in the Daniel Boone National Forest | 12 | A spindly tree below Yahoo Falls in southern KY

13: Majestic bare tree at the Bernheim Arboretum And Research Forest - Clermont, Kentucky | 13

14: Osage Orange trees along Pisgah Pike near Versailles, Kentucky | 14

15: Pisgah Pike This small portion of Pisgah Pike,(perhaps a quarter of a mile) near Versailles, Kentucky is covered with a canopy of Osage Orange trees. The branches meet and intermingle above the road creating a uniquely photogenic setting. | 15

16: Ancient trees above the Kentucky River's bank - Frankfort, Kentucky | 16

17: Various shades of red and orange leaves on the grounds of the Kentucky State Capitol - Frankfort, Kentucky | 17

18: The view on a rainy day from the Visitor's Center at Big Bone Lick State Park - Boone County, Kentucky | 18

19: A stark and leafless tree at Big Bone Lick State Park - Situated between Beaverlick and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky | 19

20: A view of the Kentucky River's bank from atop the State Capitol parking ramp | 20

21: A country scene a few miles west of Frankfort, Kentucky | A Sycamore on the Kentucky River's bank - Frankfort | 21

22: Trees Around the Twin Cities The Twin Cities and their suburbs are blessed with numerous parks, recreation areas, lakes, and nature preserves. The metropolitan area is considered one of the country's most beautiful. It is full of forests, large and small (both planted and preserved). The images on the following pages are a tiny sample of the vast variety of trees found in the area. | Hoarfrosted trees along Minnehaha Creek - Minneapolis | 22 | Looking down from the Veteran's Home - Minneapolis

23: Hoarfrosted trees in Braemar Park - Edina | Autumn view of the same location - Braemar Park and Golf Course - Edina | 23

24: A vacant lot during a snowstrom in Shoreview at the intersection of Rice Street & Gramsie Road | 24

25: Pickerel Lake in Lilydale Regional Park - Saint Paul | 25

26: A preponderance of yellow at Pickerel Lake along Lilydale Road- Saint Paul | 26

27: A reflective scene at Keller Regional Park - Maplewood | 27

28: A foggy oak savanna - Minnehaha Park - Minneapolis | 28

29: Misty Minnehaha Morning - March, 1986 | 29

30: A vibrant hillside above Minneapolis' Mississippi riverbank near the Ford Bridge | 30

31: The Anson Northrop near the Ford Bridge on a Mississippi River fall color cruise | 31

32: A bluff overlooking the Mississippi River viewed from South Mississippi River Boulevard in Saint Paul | 32

33: The Mississippi River's bank viewed from Saint Paul's Hidden Falls Park | 33

34: A detail of trees in Cherokee Heights Park - Saint Paul | 34

35: Oak trees in Newell Park - Saint Paul | 35

36: Three views of the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield | 36

37: A delicate tree in Hidden Falls Park - Saint Paul | 37

38: Bonsai Trees Como Park's conservatory has the largest display of bonsai trees in the upper Midwest. The ancient art of bonsai, (pronounced bone-sigh) meaning tree in a pot, began more than 2000 years ago in the Orient. Although they are very small, they display the same characteristics as a full-grown tree such as shedding their leaves in autumn. Bonsai trees have been known to live for hundreds of years. | A trio of Bonsai trees at the Marjorie McNeel Conservatory at Como Park - Saint Paul | 38

39: An exemplary Bonsai tree at the Krohn Conservatory - Cincinnati, Ohio | 39

40: Trees in Other States & Outstate Minnesota The following pages contain a random assortment of photographs taken of trees outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area and various locations in states other than Minnesota. The photos range in age from less than one year old to the North Dakota image made in the early nineteen eighties. | Overtly Orange leaf display in southeastern Minnesota | 40 | Along a county road in east-central MN

41: A stand of Birch trees near Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota | 41

42: Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula | 42

43: The Big Carp River - Porcupine Mountains State Park | A "Porkies" vista from the Lake of the Clouds Overlook | 43

44: An old and gnarled survivor near Medora, North Dakota | Anderson Japanese Gardens - Rockford, Illinois | 44

45: Sunset at the Shoto-Teien Japanese Gardens in Terrace Park - Sioux Falls, South Dakota | 45

46: A view from Minnesota's Wild River State Park's highest point | September in Grand Teton National Park - Wyoming | 46

47: A colorful hillside scene near a reservoir in southeastern Minnesota | 47

48: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge - Eastern Missouri | 48

49: 49 | Various Bald Cypress Trees in the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

50: Converging branches at Interstate Park - Taylors Falls, Minnesota | 50

51: Looking across the St. Croix River to a Minnesota hillside from Wisconsin's Interstate Park | 51

52: Minnesota's St. Croix riverbank viewed from Wisconsin's Interstate Park | 52

53: Wisconsin's St. Croix riverbank viewed from Minnesota's Interstate Park | 53

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