Joanne Mason Photography


I believe that trees are almost – and very possibly actually – sentient beings. They are complex living organisms that respond to their environment. I often wonder what trees would say to us if we could communicate with them. Trees are exceptional subjects for photography. I never stop marveling at the infinite variety of ways trees appear to us, the myriad possibilities for capturing their images in photography. Trees don’t always grow straight up. Something caused this tree to split at an early age, and then again into three branches, so that it appeared in maturity as it does in the photograph. Standing as it does in the clearing, this tree seems to me to have acquired a wisdom of the ages.

Three Ranunculi

Continuing with monochrome images … I’ve done this image in color, along with lots more like it. I think the ranunculus is one of my favorite subjects for flower pictures. This monochrome image brings out the texture in the flowers and the contrast emphasizes the dense geometric structure. The one thing I’ve never been sure of with this picture is the composition, which I think does violate several “rules” of classical composition. Sometimes I feel like it “works” quite well; other times I’m not so sure.

Lakeside Reeds

Continuing with monochrome nature and landscape images… Lakeside reeds photographed by the lake in Bruce Park, Greenwich.

Three black and white landscape images in this post. These are all existing images that I have re-edited in monochrome.

San Francisco Peaks, Arizona

The San Francisco Peaks (named by Franciscan Friars working with indigenous natives in the 17th Century), near Flagstaff, are a volcanic chain consisting of the highest peaks in Arizona. This is an infrared (in post) image which I think emphasizes the winter landscape. The line of soft “feathery” trees is a distinctive feature of the landscape.

Abiqui River, New Mexico

In this winter scene,the Abiqui River is, fittingly, near Abiqui New Mexico. The hills are typical of Northern New Mexico.

New Mexico Countryside, near Abiqui

I’ve edited this image numerous ways over the years. I love this countryside in Northern New Mexico, near Abiqui. This is Georgia O’Keeffe country.

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Continuing with black and white nature pics… This aralia was photographed in the garden. The aralia is a fascinating family of plants. Most have the distinctive serrated leaf pattern, but there are an amazing number and variety of more than 60 species.


There are, to me, few things as wondrous as orchids. Closeup (macro) photographs of orchid blooms reveal a lush and sensuous flowering. These are all Phalaenopsis orchids, one of the most popular orchid types.  The Phalaenopsis genus includes over 60 species, of which Phalaenopsis Amabilis, known as the “moth orchid,” is the most common. The Phalaenopsis orchids are native to Southeast Asia. Full-size versions of these images are included in my portfolio site.

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