Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Haunted Forest


Australian Ficus growing on the ruins of a chapel built in 1709
Monserrate Gardens, Sintra Mountain Range

28 comments:

Olivier said...

tres belles photos, la nature reprend ces droits. L'arbre est impressionnant

Kate said...

My goodness...this vegetation actually looks alive, and scary!!

Dina said...

Big ficus trees are amazing on their own, but these here are mighty mysterious! I wonder how old they must be.

Sylvia K said...

This is incredible, JM!! Ficus trees I'm quite familiar with, but never one like this and it does have a very haunted, mysterious feel to it with the chapel ruins! Fantastic captures! I'm ready to write a mystery!! hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Gine said...

Sur le vieux continent! complètement exotique, pourtant ... Bravo pour le noir et blanc qui donne le ton dramatique de l'image !

Sharon said...

This looks very eerie. Haunted is a good name for it.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

JM, that top photo is stunning and looks like a clip from an old movie, deep in a forest or jungle. You have captured an incredible scene here in black and white, the only choice for this one!

Bises,
G

joo said...

Oh my, looks like scenes from a horror film!

Lois said...

It looks like something out of an old scary movie!

Photo Cache said...

impressive and the b/w treatment had given these images mystical and mysterious quality.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Wow. That is an amazing place. Your shots are excellent in black and white. This is a perfect subject for it.

If I ever get a chance to return to Portugal to travel instead of to see family, I will have to come back to your blog and find all the cool places you've photographed and that I have not yet seen!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Amazing! Love the black & white. We had lots of ficus trees in south Florida and they will literally take over anything! And the roots will uproot anything! Still, they're very popular!

Al said...

Fantastic! Perfect photos for B&W, they really show an age and history. You've got an eye for a photo, you consistently make them interesting and a joy to see.

Randy said...

You wonder what's in the dark spaces. Great photo.

Jack said...

Oh my! I feel like I am in the middle of a Grimm fairy tale.

Virginia said...

JM,
Now that is VEWY SCEWY!!! I thought I saw a troll.
V

T. Becque said...

That's impressive and you know I love the black and white! :)

Cezar and Léia said...

This tree is fabulous, I love the first composition and your choice for b&w gave a mysterious feeling in these pictures, just great!
Léia

Joan Elizabeth said...

Stupendous ... amazing what nature does when its left to do its own thing.

Babzy said...

a true jungle !

SKIZO said...

Wonderful
work
thank you for sharing

Irina said...

What a find!
Awakes childhood fears of haunted woods.

Halcyon said...

Fantastic!

Stickup Artist said...

That's one of the most unique photos I've seen in a long time! I think it was Ansel Adams who said something about nature eventually claiming everything man-made. Boy would have he loved this! I know I do.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow this is amazing. I used to take very small Ficus and Bonsai them---look at the wonderful root structure. But I have never ever seen anything this huge! MB

Pat Tillett said...

VERY spooky looking!
very nice photos!
Patrick Tillett, Extremely Overdue

Serra said...

Adoro!

Rob and Mandy said...

Tolkien, here we come!