Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Word Press is providing a weekly photo challenge in conjunction with the NoBloPoMo project. The idea is to provide a theme to encourage bloggers to take photographs and learn to manipulate them, working to get the best images possible. The blog at Word Press is running a simultaneous Photography 101 series, so if you are interested in a few great tips, you should check it out.

This week’s theme is “Layers.” I am at my parents’ house and my dad recently cut down a huge tree and chopped it up for winter firewood. Nothing says layers like a cross-section of wood. These photos were taken with my phone.


I love the textural qualities of tree bark. Tree bark is the covering over the ring layers, so I decided this rugged tree bark was fair game for a photo, too.

Later, on my walk home, I noticed these layers of wood, neatly stacked into the sand bank next to the river. They had obviously been partially charred by fire, and I loved the contrast of the bright yellow leaves and twigs layered on the wood.


My layer photos relate to wood. Each ring in a tree marks a year’s growth cycle. The light part of the ring represents the spring growth, and the darker part of the ring represents the fall growth.  Tree rings tell the story of the life of the tree: fire, drought, and years of abundant rain. The study of tree rings and the stories they tell is called Dendrochronology. File that away for your next game of Trivia.

Until next time,