“The best part of the journey is the surprise and wonder along the way.”
― Ken Poirot
As I’ve done a few times in the past, I turned this image into a painting, through the wonder of Topaz software.
There are times when I envision an image with the camera and it does not quite meet my expectations. The above image is one of those. The sunlight was beautiful, casting long autumn shadows on the golden forest floor. The oaks had dropped most of their leaves and only the high canopy remained, filtering the sunlight to a soft orange. The leaves you see still clinging to the trees on the right are all beech. Yet, the rythm and warmth that I wanted to convey through the photo was lacking. By softening it, through brush strokes, that ‘feeling’ comes through better.
This path, at Uxbridge’s North Walker Woods parallels the forest’s southern edge. To the left are private properties consisting of homes and farms, all backing onto this little slice of paradise. To the right are rolling, oak covered hills. What struck me as I walked this perimeter trail was how the trail beckoned me further along, always wondering what might lie beyond the next dip. At the very end of this trail is the small pine forest where I made the image for “Be Still…” and the start of the trail is where I made “The Trailhead”, posted earlier this week.
Many more photos were created during this brief hike, of all of them, only this one did not satisfy me as a photograph. So, it’s nice to have options.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 85mm
1/180 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200