WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

In Praise of Plants and Fungi

Bob Keller, USA

The grove

Bob is a 'tree devotee'. He spends as much time as possible in the coastal temperate rainforest near his home in Yachats, Oregon. On a misty winter day in the Cummins Creek Wilderness, he wandered through a grove of red alders, searching for a place to set up his tripod. The trunks were covered with a mosaic of crustose lichens and draped with mosses. One tree had died and lost its bark, revealing the red wood beneath and the reason for the trees' name. The trunks were set against an understorey backdrop of spruce and hemlock. Bob specializes in 9:4 panoramic images - in this case, made from two stitched photos. 'The format is ideal to communicate how it feels to stand among these enchanting trees,' he says. 'It takes me right back to the peace and solitude of the grove.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 24-70mm f2.8 lens; 1/2 sec at f13 (-0.3 e/v); circular polarizer; ISO 200; Benro tripod + cable release.


Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon, USA: latitude 44.359043, longitude -123.82352 Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon, USA: latitude 44.359043, longitude -123.82352

Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon, USA


Bob Keller, USA