Late in 2020, I went out for a bike ride between a series of chilly rain showers. While passing through a low-lying area, I noticed the fog hugging the ground in a flooded forest along Mud Creek. Hope you get a sense for the atmosphere that evening.
Fog and Flooded Forest, outside Durham, NC (16″x16″)
More trees from my early morning bike rides in the autumn fog.
Tree and Road in Morning Autumn Fog, outside Durham, NC (14″x21″)
Tree poking up through early morning fog outside Durham, NC. My Canon 5D Mark II finally bit the dust, so this is one of the first photographs I took with my new camera. Excited to get out there and use it more!
Tree in Autumn Fog, outside Durham, NC (14″x21″)
Trees tower over the trail to Franklin Falls.
Franklin Falls Towering Trees (#3), near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x29″)
Here are a few more photographs from the series I took on my way back from Vancouver Island. I particularly liked the way the yellow tree stands out from the near-monotone background in the third piece.
While scouting Mesa Arch in the evening, I took a panorama of the rock formation near the upper end of the Arch (see my post from 2 weeks ago). I decided to re-shoot a similar panorama at sunrise with better lighting because I liked the way the Arch seemed to dive away from the camera.
I slept in the back of my Subaru to save time in the morning. When my alarm went off, I deflated my sleeping pad, hopped into the driver seat, and rubbed the sleep out of my eyes as I turned on the defroster and headed to Mesa Arch. Sunrise was gorgeous, but the crowd of photographers that showed up a few minutes after I arrived made me want to hang back and wait for a clear view of the arch and mountains. After most of the other photographers rushed off to their next tour stop, an incredible glow developed under the arch when the sun started to reflect off the sandstone cliffs below the overlook.
While in Canyonlands National Park this spring, I wanted to visit and photograph Mesa Arch. I guarantee you recognize pictures of this location taken at sunrise with golden light shining over the mountains through the arch. I decided to stop by and scout the location around sunset so I would know where to set up my tripod the following morning; I took along my camera to take a few “non-traditional” panoramas of the arch as long as I had nice evening clouds and the arch wasn’t packed with excited sunrise photographers.
In 2005, I spent a few months studying in Sevilla, Spain. At the time, I primarily shot with my grandfather’s old Canon FTb 35mm film camera that a visitor from Japan had given him in the early 1970’s. One of my favorite photography series came from the park across the river from my apartment, Parque de Maria Luisa. Apparently the Spanish transplanted many plant species from the New World to this botanical garden and park. I shot almost an entire roll of film at one tree (I unfortunately can’t even remember what type of tree it was, but I think it was in the fig family). I recently scanned the film into my computer and worked on the series of five images (I posted 3 of the 5 photographs below). I am amazed at how grainy ISO/ASA 400 film appears when compared to ISO100 on my digital Canon 5D MarkII. The grit makes me miss the old darkroom process.
Parque de Maria Luisa Tree (#1, #2, #3 of 5), Sevilla, Spain (10″x16″)
While walking the cliff edge at Grand View Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, I noticed this twisted juniper hanging onto the edge of the dropoff. It’s amazing to me that a tree can survive in this type of windy, dry environment that experiences such large temperature swings. Yet, the gnarled juniper inexorably extends its roots into the crack in the sandstone, hastening the weakening and collapse of the very rock on which it grows. The ability of trees and their roots to destroy rocks given enough time has always impressed me.