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Transition Challenge Update August 8, 2010

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A few days ago I announced Backyard Safari’s first ever Tree Transition Challenge. I mentioned briefly that the challenge didn’t just have to be documented in pictures, but could also be documented using drawing, painting, or any other creative way you can think of!

I thought I’d show a quick example of what I mean. I decided I would try to document the same tree using both photos and drawings as an experiment. It turns out that the drawings can be helpful in unexpected ways. For example, the quality of the picture I take depends a lot on the sunlight and time of day. The picture I took on August 6th is a bit gray and washed out because of the overcast skies. Because of this, the picture doesn’t show very well the 3 to 4 very bright red leaves that have turned in the middle of all the green!  With drawings, I was able to document it anyway.

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I’m no professional artist, so you’ll have to take the drawing with a grain of salt, but it was a fun exercise to turn a photo into a drawing that was actually more accurate in some ways (and less accurate in others)! My plan is to put all of the photos and drawings together in the end to show the transition in a sort of fast-forward slide show. I’ve never done this kind of thing before so it will be a lot of fun to try! I really encourage everyone to take up this challenge as well in whatever capacity they feel up for! I’ve already noticed I’m more aware of the seasonal changes I see around me because of documenting what I’ve come to think of as “my” tree.

So good luck to all with the challenge! I think it will be a great experience all around!

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