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Theme and Variations on a Red Tree in the Forest

The photography outing with friends in the Great Smokey Mountains started out totally uninspiring.

As sometimes happens with photographers, I found myself making all kinds of excuses. “The fall colors aren’t pretty.” “It’s too hard to get close to the water.” “I’m tired of photographing abandoned houses.” “There are too many people cluttering up the shot.” “I don’t see anything I want to photograph that hasn’t been photographed a million times before.”

Simply stated, I was in a photography funk.

The group was nearly ready to head back to the car and I really only had a couple of shots that I even came close to being pleased with…and they were of oft photographed iconic locations and scenes.  I was hoping to scratch a creative itch!

That’s when I saw the light…photographically speaking that is.

A recent workshop leader had said, “Find the light and then find your subject.” Another workshop leader had encouraged a spirit of play with one’s photography.

In a naturally spotlighted red tree standing alone in a grove of trees, I found both the light and my subject.  My mood was elevated.  I began to smile.  And, I played and played…and then played even more.

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I extend my gratitude to that little red tree in the forest and to Mother Nature for shining that spotlight at just the right time.  If we trust them, the photography muses WILL join us….of that I’m certain.

Contributed by Sue Henry

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