Taut and highly textured, the trunks of junipers presented Edward Weston with the opportunity to examine nature's massive and more minute forms. They provided him with an undomesticated wildness, but at the same time held themselves up for detailed scrutiny. "A tree, to me, is just as alive and interesting as any human subject," wrote Weston. "As such it is well worth the same time and effort that one devotes to portraiture of people." The juniper trunks recall the muscular torsions of a dancer Weston had photographed a decade earlier. Analogies between human forms and those in nature were ever present in Weston's imagination.