Sunday, October 16, 2011

Made in Germany 30 - Avenue of Trees


We call this dirt road lined with big old trees a "Allee". When I looked up this word in a dictionary, it gave me the word "avenue" as a translation. I'm not quite sure whether this is the proper word, but I will use it here - and thinking of the Avenue of Giants here in Northern California it seems to be pretty fitting (with the little difference that the "giants" is a paved road...).

Unfortunately we don't have many roads like this left in Germany. There are a few ones that are paved, but more often than not the trees are felled so that the roads can be widened and people can drive faster in their cars. Yuck!!

However, there are a few left, and most of them are in the Eastern part of the country, and I just hope and pray that they can just remain this way. It is so incredible beautiful to see these roads leading to the horizon lined by those old old trees. It reminds me a lot of my childhood and somhow carefree days.

Then I started to play... Pixel Dust Photo Art has some amazing free textures that I love to use in my photos. I used two of her textures - "fanciful" and "dear John letter" textures - in this photo, played with levels and saturation and got this:


It looks way more like autumn, doesn't it?

I am linking this to Photo ART Friday - that's why Made in Germany is on my blog already on Sunday.


Photo Art Friday

13 comments:

Sally H said...

Fab photos - I love both of them. Avenue is definitely the right word. We have a lime tree avenue in a large park not far from us. They are rather spectacular. Loved your 'fear' pic too, although I love snakes! Not sure I would if I lived somewhere where they were more common though!

Bonnie said...

What a lovely piece of photo art. Of course, the original photo is beautiful on its own too! Thank you so much for sharing your work with Photo Art Friday Carola.

I hope some of the participants come back to check out the later link-ups!

Anyes said...

I am enjoying both versions, the first one reminds me of a back road in the south of France...childhood memories :-)

Molly said...

Oh - I love both photos! I have recently become quite attracted to pictures of pathways - or alleles - I love imagining myself walking towards the vanishing point and discovering new worlds beyond.

lisa said...

What a wonderful image this is Carola!
Beautiful processing on an already beautiful photograph.

Chantal said...

how to manipulate summer into fall... haha, great work Carola

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Carola, I like both your original image and the art that you created. I have always wanted to create an "Allee" of trees. Maybe someday when we have more land or a rural property... There is something about a long lane way of trees that is humbling in a way that a huge cathedral is humbling.

Christine E-E said...

I'd love to take a walk down this avenue... didn't comment on your snake picture ~ pretty intimidating staring face-to-face with your snake ~ and I wasn't even there in person. I don't like snakes either!

patty said...

Very cool - such different looks! There are some roads in Michigan that look like this - with the trees totally making a canopy. Of course the canopy disappears in winter, but fall must be fabulous!!

see you there! said...

Beautiful lane, I like both photo's. Nice that you can turn it into autumn when ever you want.

Darla

windrock studio said...

love those trees! and your photos!

Ginnie said...

The sky is increasingly the limit with what we can do these days in photo manipulation, Carola! We're all becoming artists in our own right. :)

Jeanne said...

This allee should be a national treasure, and is so lovely! like your texturing too, is so fun and great for the fall colors. Jeanne
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