Fantasy Forest

The Fantastical Forest

Forest photos can be tough to photograph. I usually look for strong lines, perhaps a path, some kind of definite shape or structure, alignment.
Then there are images like this one that follow none of those guidelines!

OutreachNew ZealandWhen trees live either side river, sometimes they reach out to have a chat.

The gnarly, prehensile limbs just looked kind of alive and I loved that. The stream bed had such interesting colors in it to counterpoint with the green of the leaves. The river rocks and their sheen caught my eye too. Plus, it had been raining and I liked the way the light reflected off the wet leaves, became warm in the branches, cool in the water, reflect-y just about everywhere.

In processing, I went for the more illustrated/fantastical vibe… it was obviously taken here on planet Earth – yet had a slightly otherworldly feel to it.

I was lucky enough to capture it in New Zealand, from a bridge that was on the way to Milford Sound… where “fairy tale” is in the air itself!

2 thoughts on “Fantasy Forest

  1. Well – KH – I much like this one! I agree that forest are a hard subject, one of my favorite places to is hiking in the first. My eye here is getting caught between the wonderful shapes of the cray cray tree and the colorful rocks and puddle/stream below. I sometimes want to find that epic waterfall or any waterfall for that matter – here in Ohio I don’t have access to to many of those. In this photo my brain looking at the tree says it is alive kind of like an Ent reaching out to grab something. I really like this one – in fact I have come back to it multiple times seeing something new each time. Rock on!

    I did find a lovely place though if you ever make to the midwest where you can have access to indoor man made waterfalls that I found a delight to shoot. In Nashville the Gaylord Opry Land Hotel is a plethora of eye jarring scenes that send your senses to confusion and over load. I will leave a link here to one that I shot if you want to see a sample (If you feel the link is not appropriate and SPAM type – which is not the intent please remove this part before allowing this comment to pass by moderation) I did not know how to send it privately. Anyways check out that hotel!!! Go stay a couple days and shoot away!

    Chris Out 🙂

    1. Hey Chris,

      I don’t know how I missed your comment – but I did till now! DOH! So sorry for the late inclusion, that’s embarrassing.
      The waterfalls are awesome! Thanks for sharing them… and especially, for taking the time to say hi!


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