Cubist Arbutus

Arbutus bunch, Tower Point Regional Park.
(Camera: Olympus XA-2; Film: Fuji Sensia 200 transparency)

The previous post (Strawberry Tree) reminds me of how often I’ve photographed this little grove of Arbutus trees. I’ve returned many times, shooting them in various lighting conditions and in every season. This photo is from a winter morning a couple years ago. The grouping always puts me in mind of Picasso’s painting, Three Dancers — probably it’s something in the way the branches twist, curve, and reach towards the sea and the sky. If Picasso were to make a tree, I’m pretty sure it would be the Arbutus.

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