Lessons from the Fog

Tree in the Fog by Anne McKinnell

The day before I made this photo, I walked past this tree six times and didn't really notice it. It was just a boring tree in a field. It wasn't until the fog came and obscured the landscape that the tree showed me it's beauty. Unable to distinguish anything else, the simple outline of the tree branches came into view - mystical, ghostly, and ethereal. Sometimes in … [Read more...]

This Baobab Tree is One Thousand Years Old (give or take)

Baobab Tree by Anne McKinnell

I come from British Columbia, Canada, so that means it's pretty hard to impress me with big trees. People come from all over the world to be awestruck by the magnificent old growth forest I grew up with. But one tree I was impressed by is the incredible Baobab Tree in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. It's not necessarily the size of the tree. There are taller trees, … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree Silhouette

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Finally! This is the image I had in my mind as the one I wanted to come home with after my visit to Joshua Tree National Park in California. I do like some of the other tree images I got as well, but this is the one I really wanted. Please click the image to view a larger version. … [Read more...]

Juniper and Balanced Rock

Juniper and Balanced Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California.

This is one of the iconic locations in Joshua Tree National Park in California. I have seen many images from this location, but I figure they must all be from a few years ago because none of them contain the shrub in the lower left corner. Most of the images I have seen of this Juniper tree and balanced rock were taken from a different angle that makes the tree appear much … [Read more...]

The Third Joshua Tree

Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park, California

I like being able to make similar images with different feelings to them by working with the lighting conditions at a given moment and using technique to emphasize the feeling I am after. As the light changed from one evening to the next, I had the opportunity to make very different images of Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park, California. The first tree was a … [Read more...]

One Simple Tree

Lone Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Simplify. It's the word I always think to myself when I'm looking for the perfect composition. A photograph does not have to contain everything. And, even when you find your perfect subject, that one perfect Joshua Tree, it doesn't have to dominate the whole frame to tell it's story. Part of the story is the simplicity of the surroundings: the desert bushes, the round … [Read more...]

Under the Canopy

Live Oak Trees, South Carolina

One of the things I was really looking forward to doing in southern USA was visiting a plantation. Maybe it's because of my favourite novel "The Book of Negros" by Lawrence Hill. If you're looking for a good novel I highly recommend it. It's about a girl who is kidnapped in Africa, made to walk across the continent in a coffle (a chain of slaves), barely survives the belly of … [Read more...]