On an afternoon walk

On an afternoon walk

Driving back to the house along M134 I came upon the John Arthur Woollam Preserve.  I never realized it was there.  I pulled in and parked, studied the map of the Preserve and its walking trails that lead to Lake Huron, and decided to do some exploring.  I had the entire place to myself.  With the October afternoon sun lower in the sky, it glistened between the trees, through the leaves, and the shadows were longer.  And it was very quiet.  Walking the trail toward the lake, I enjoyed the blue sky and fall clouds that appeared through a clearing of trees that made a nice frame with the trail leading off into the trees further ahead.

October 9, 2015          East of Cedarville, MI          Nikon D90

Lone tree in the field

Lone tree in the field

This tree, standing alone in an opening between forests of trees, grabbed my attention from the first time it caught my eye.  All its branches to one side, some dead, some full of life.  I tried capturing that which compelled me to it through many pictures I took from various angles and exposure settings.  None did what I thought had caught my perception of the tree’s essence until weeks later when I looked at one particular photo I had taken as a black and white image.  It still does not do justice for whatever caught my attention for so long but it gets me closer.

April 24, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90


Early morning fog rising (2)

Early morning fog rising (2)

As the sun rose and began to touch the lower regions and valleys, it gave a soft backglow to a bank of trees.  The soft morning fog of the Smokies forming added a mystical mood to the scene unfolding.  It was yet another reminder to me of the ever changing grandeur of our natural world and that this scene will be different seconds from now.  But I couldn’t help but focus on a particular tree.

April 23, 2015.  Foothills Parkway, Smokie Mountains, TN     Nikon D90