Saturday, June 13, 2009

Here we go again

It has been a long, cool Spring in Bend, Oregon, and last weekend, when taking one of my favorite hikes, I still found large patches of snow blocking the trail. I enjoyed the way light and shadow interacted in this photo and thus, made this shot a candidate for Shadow Saturday. The photo expresses a quiet, and understated contrast between old and new, The deteriorating stump in the foreground points its gnarly fingers toward two young pine trees and their shadows peaking out of a snow drift at the sun . The picture becomes an emblem that shows the continuous life cycle of aging and renewal. Within this watery, refreshing, life giving atmosphere, wild flowers also now abound juxtaposed against a backdrop of brown, withered stalks from the previous season. This spot feels like a giant petrie dish where new life grows in a rich culture, fertilized by past generations. It is the soft light and the wet snow that remind us that they are important catalysts of this perpetual process.

3 comments:

Jacob said...

Snow? You gotta be kidding...we're in the mid-90's every day now! Yikes! I'd like to trade for...well, let's say an hour or two! ;-)

Great shot, Lee. Love the shadows!

cieldequimper said...

It's an exotic shot! I'm not surprised though and I certainly hope that there will still be snow all year round on some mountains. Once that's gone on the peaks, it'll mean that the next big chunk of Antarctica is on the melt...

Small City Scenes said...

Gorgeous shot. It's always fun to find a patch of snow when hiking in the mts. MB