An old oak tree reaches across the winter surface of Milltail Creek on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Dare County, NC
This old oak tree seems as much a part of the water as the land. It arches over Milltail Creek, its winter limbs barren, gnarled, spotted with lichen. There is something about the simplicity of winter that appeals to me. The flashy colors are mostly gone and all that remains is simple form.
It’s an interesting shift of perspective, seeing the underside of the tree. This image was hanging in an art gallery and a visitor suggested it would look as good upside down. She was right.
We think our perspective of reality is something as steady as gravity but there are times when a sudden loss of perspective leaves us like Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in time. Or looking at the sky beneath our feet.
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