Work in Progress from Frontenac
After our sailing trip a few weeks ago, we camped overnight at Frontenac State Park (sweetly, the first place Brad & I ever camped together more than twenty years ago). The best part, aside from just being together, was heading out for a couple of hikes.
The hiking trail near the campground ran through dense forest along the top edge of a steep bluff. It created a dramatic contrast between the bright sunlight breaking through the canopy and the deep shade of the forest floor. It’s a challenging photography situation, too; the light is constantly shifting between extremes of dark and light and from cool to warm tones.
Not every photo is meant to become a finished work of art. I think of my daily photos like a sketchbook. So many of them are disposable and quite awful! Thank goodness for digital photography! It give me the freedom to experiment and discard at will while I explore new ideas or play around with different techniques. And, sometimes I’m just gathering information.
From the photos I shot that day, I’ve started working on a series of forest pictures. They reflect both dreamy and dazzling, dappled light, the many layers of leaves revealed through highlight and shadow, and the striking forms of tree trunks cast in silhouette.
Here are a few of the images from the new ‘Forest Light’ series:
Select images from Wildflower (including the new Forest Light series) will be available for purchase online. See more of my finished work: terrarathai.com.
I’ve had my head in the trees all week and I can’t think of a better place to be! So until next week, I’ll leave you with a little tree inspiration.
Plus, I’ve got The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben on my reading list. Have you read it? It’s all about how trees are social beings that share resources, communicate and maintain family ties. Fascinating stuff!
A few more photos from our time at Frontenac:
Pictured clockwise from upper left: Pale Touch-Me-Nots (impatiens pallida); Shelf fungus & lichens on crooked branch; my family patiently waiting for me to catch up on the trail; our awesome REI Kingdom 6 tent; Great Northern or Modest Aster (canadanthus modestus); shelf fungus and yellow mushroom on mossy log.
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Frontenac, MN 55026