Every time I visit a place I have been before, there’s a little challenge to find something new or a new perspective. Like this little tree growing out of the rock. We climbed up a little trail where there were quite a few tourists walking around. As soon as I saw this tree I zoned in on it and left my family behind. I had to wait several times for people to move through the area to get a shot and I’m so glad I was patient. I was also very thankful that it was in open shade with no harsh sunlight to provide a really nice even lighting situation.
When photographing the tree I knew that I wanted it in black and white. The rocks in this area are a very deep saturated red and with the green leaves on the tree, cool shade tone, and red rocks the colors were just a bit too saturated for me and took the attention away from just the tree and it’s trunk growing it’s way through the rock. Black and white took away that distraction and creates focus. The rock is now a nice silvery texture and the tree has good contrast against it.
Here are a couple more images from our little walk/hike that day.
I have never been to Garden of the Gods in the winter, I think I might have to try to make that happen.
Photographed July 2022, Brenda Landrum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.