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.