The Tree

Back in 2009, we went to Brazos Bend State Park, which is about 30 miles from where we currently live. One of the neat things about this place is that thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of alligators live there. But, that isn’t the coolest thing about this park.

We took one of the trails on our way to the alligators and, as we made the bend in the path, before us was the most awesome tree that I have ever seen! It is tremendous!


Big Tree at Brazos Bend State Park, ©2009 Suzanne G. McClendon

Not one to leave well enough alone and trying to learn different things in Photoshop, I took on a tutorial that I saw in the AfterCapture magazine.  It was about creating a pastel image from a digital one. Here is the first attempt, which wasn’t what it was supposed to be.


Oops Tree, ©2009 Suzanne G. McClendon

There are blank spaces that aren’t supposed to be blank, but I liked the look, so I kept the file.  It has kind of a spooky air to it, in my opinion.  Not one to give up quite yet back then, I tried again and got the following image.


Big Tree at Brazos Bend State Park – Pastel, ©2009 Suzanne G. McClendon

This is how it was supposed to turn out. I love it and wish that I could find that tutorial again because there are other images that I would like to try this on.

What are your thoughts on these images? About the tree itself?  And the alligators?


Alligator Sign, ©2009 Suzanne G. McClendon

Well, they are probably pretty cranky because of this heat wave right now!


This post is part of the Not-So-Wordless Wednesday hosted by Cathy over at Curious as a Cathy


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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8 Responses to The Tree

  1. Just Simply Linda says:

    you can keep the alligators, LOLOL. Nice Suzanne…have a beautiful day friend. {waving to David}

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  2. Suzanne, I’d be like a nervous Cathy taking a walk where alligators live and I pretty sure I wouldn’t attempt to get outside my car. lol That tree is really cool. I love how the branches stretch in varying directions. This would be so much fun to climb, if I were a kid. The photo-editing technique is cool. I bet if you Google it you’ll find the tutorial. Thanks for sharing and linking up!

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    • I would be too scared to walk near them these days. 🙂
      I agree that it would be a great tree to climb. I also think that it would be a great setting for a Celtic-themed wedding, or at least a photo shoot for one. I am going to keep looking for the tutorial. It would help if I could remember the title of the technique, but all I remember is that they called it Pastel something.
      Thanks for the opportunity. Have a blessed day!

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  3. Beautiful! I think the filter gives the image a Dali-esque appearance. Hopefully you can find the tutorial again. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Sis. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

      I have been searching on line, but no luck so far. Very rarely have I thrown out photography magazines, so it has to be around here somewhere. I know I wouldn’t have knowingly gotten rid of this one.
      Have a blessed day!


  4. I think you did an awesome job. Too bad we would be a Wallygator snack if we tried to go back. We are too old and slow now.

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