Cresting the Ridge

Cresting the RidgePhotographic opportunities are only limited by one’s own imagination. Some of the best photographers of our time, people like Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher and Minor White all have one thing in common; imagination. The ability for them to look at a scene and use only light and a camera to create an image that makes you stop and think. I’m by no means in the same league, but I do experience the joy they must have felt when it all came together. The tricky part with photography is how to photograph something in such a way that it lets the viewer into your mind’s eye, so they see what you see. I’m not sure if I accomplished that with this photo.

As I walked back to my truck, on a recent outing, I stopped for a second to re-adjust my backpack. Looking off to my left I saw a scene that reminded me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. All I could imagine was the Ents moving across the wasted landscape on their way to battle Saruman. Imagination is a very powerful tool –a tool that is fun to play with.

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