Newport Cliff Walk
[Featured in the following Fine Art America groups: 9/2/2013 Small Showroom; 9/3/2013 Comfortable Art; 9/5/2013 3 A Day Waiting Room Art; 9/5/2013 3 A Day Greeting Cards for All Occasions; 9/6/2013 Rhode Island Life; 9/11/2013 Photography and Textures Make Fine Art]
On a promontory behind Salve Regina University, apparently growing from bare rock, a tree overlooks Easton Bay.
In this glimpse from Newport's famous Cliff Walk, the twisted trunk of the small tree is highlighted as it proudly stands beyond its neighbors and stretches its branches eastward, following the line of rocks that jut out into the bay. A cormorant rests on the largest of these rocks - apparently a favored spot for these birds, judging from the staining on the surface of the rock!
Cliff Walk is one of the famous landmarks of Newport, Rhode Island, and stretches some 3.5 miles from First Beach to Bailey's Beach. It provides spectacular views of the eastern shore of Newport, its wildflowers, geology and birdlife, as well as glimpses of the stunning architecture of several of Newport's famous historic mansions such as The Breakers, and Marble House - summer "cottages" of the Vanderbilt family during the "Gilded Age" of the late 19th and early 20th century. The walk was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1975 - the first in New England.
This original seascape photograph has been given a more painterly feel with the addition of texture and the use of selective focus to highlight the tenacity of the little tree.
September 1st, 2013
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