“Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. “
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The title for this image came to me immediately. It is driven by the essence of ‘how’ I photograph. I refrain from most things man-made. Sometimes it can be as innocuous as a well groomed path through the woods, preferring to imagine things as purely as possible, untouched by humans, rare though that is nowadays.
In this image, part of my recent “Papineau Bend” series, a stone BBQ pit stands in the forefront, an intruder to this lovely place. Yet, at some point in time, the fire pit was built for the enjoyment of families who visited this peaceful sanctuary along the shores of Papineau Creek. Were it not for this park being carved from the woods I may never have discovered this place. Time has had its effect on the park though and the BBQ is showing definite signs that nature will eventually have her way, through a gradual and unrelenting wearing down. Frost, rain, roots, and various plants are creating ever widening cracks in the cement, offering larger footholds for nature to pry apart the stonework, returning it to the earth.
Despite the intrusion, the overall scene of the pines remains one of beauty that I wanted to share through another of my photo abstractions, bright, late summer sunshine lighting up the delicate needles of the pines and hemlocks. Just reflecting back on the moment when I made this image lightens my heart and beckons me back to this place, intrusions or not.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100