“The Narrow Way”
“There are no dead ends in life’s journey; there are no crossroads, no forks in the road. People who chose not to see reality, see the world as a tangled maze of intersections, forks in the road, and dead ends. These are illusions of people who follow the well trampled wide path woven out by others. This is not their true path. Life’s true sojourn reveals a long winding narrow path that only you can choose. Few have the courage to walk it.”
― RJ Blizzard
As the journey Into the Green Veil continues, the path I walk narrows in points, bounded on both side by tall maples and oaks, undergrowth crowding the trail edges, reaching into the golden patches of sunlight in the constricted open area of the path.
High above, there is a thinning of the canopy and pale blue competes for attention with the green canopy. This scene is so common on the trails of the Oak Ridges Moraine, an area conveniently located just north and east of my home.
The particular region I’m documenting in this series is know as the East Duffins Creek Headwaters area and has a wonderful network of well maintained trails running through mixed woodlands. This section of trail runs through rolling hills dominated by sugar maple, red oak, and beach trees. The growth is thick and healthy and being among these tall trees is one of my favourite experiences. Simple snapshots of the forest become quickly mundane and I’ve found that my photo abstractions, by adding an element of movement, bring a life and energy that a typical photo lacks. It allows me to appreciate the rich, dynamic, and ever changing light so much more, especially as I notice just how variable those patches of light can be. I hope, through this series, to convey that energy to others.
I’m also following a unique path of my own with this series. Capturing images in an unconventional style that I started pursuing a few years back. The images are always different, unexpected, and exciting. A chance for me to share my outdoors experiences in a challenging way. The journey continues. There are no dead ends. A few steep hills and sharp bends, but no dead ends.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 100