Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Topiary in Monochrome

I've discussed these odd but wonderful Southern California yard creations before. I think they are as much a part of the local landscape as palm trees. They have a certain Dr Seuss quality in their natural green. But don't they look dramatic and surreal in black and white?

7 comments:

Judy Williams said...

The knob tree.
Treeful of fists.
Orbs grow in South Pas!!

The work it took to create that is quite masterful!!

Mister Earl said...

Poodle Tree

Brenda's Arizona said...

Will you be republishing the photo in color?
Mister Earl is right- a poodle tree!

dbdubya said...

Reminds me of the trees trimmed by Edward Scissorhands.

Jean Spitzer said...

definitely poodle--and wonderful.

Laurie said...

Totally scissorhands!

Brenda, I hadn't planned on reproducing the image in color. It's a little mushier than I'd like both in color AND here in black and white but I like the sculptural elements better in monochrome. These trees and bushes are just so wonderfully weird. I could probably do a Topiary Daily Photo for a few months just from South Pas alone.

Laurie said...

Oh, and I think it's mysterious that I've never, not in 23 years in Los ANgeles, never ever seen a gardener grooming one of these things. We had some at our place on the West Side so I know OUR gardener trimmed them. (But I never saw it.) That makes me love them even more. When they're shaggy and in need of reshaping, I love them too. There is one I think on the corner of Los Robles and Monterey that is truly remarkable -- but it's in San Marino. Darn.