Thursday, April 5, 2012
Ancient and Twisted
My wife and I were out for a casual hike last Saturday, near home on a little nature loop trail I've never explored. Just up a bit beside the trail, I spotted this amazing and obviously really old manzanita skeleton. I've never come across one with this huge of a trunk; more like the size of a tree. With or without bark and leaves, I always love the shapes and texture of these bushes, especially the large ones. I definitely want to go back and reshoot this properly, when the light is less harsh, either late in the day or when there are some thin clouds in the sky to take the edge off. Monochrome tends to be more forgiving of less-than-ideal light than color, but even so, it never feels quite right unless the light is interesting to begin with.