“When the elements come together in perfect alignment, the scene is transformed into a thing of incredible beauty. You just have to be there when it happens to truly appreciate it.” – Ed Lehming

I have made many images of this point along a local hiking trail. I’m drawn to the accentuated vanishing point in the distance and the way the pines line up, particularly on the right-hand side. There is also an interesting play of shadows on the snow, caused by overhanging branches higher up.

Lately, I have been out hiking and making photos earlier than normal, maily to avoid the steady increase in visitors to the trails as people seek new activities during the COVID lock-downs. Coming out early has offered me a few treats, like this one where the winter sun is in perfect alignment with the trail. The effect of this is that the entire length of the trails is brightly lit by the sunlight passing directly between the trees. It makes the path seem to glow. Even above the path itself, slender branches are bathed in sunlight and reflect it back to me.

This bright, but somewhat softer winter light reflects into the forest and the whole scene is tranquil, yet energizing. I’m not sure how else to describe it. I think the image does a far better job at that.

iPhone 12 Pro @ 4.2 mm
1/3500 sec, f/1.6, ISO 32

9 Comments on ““Alignment”

  1. Absolutely stunning in its tranquility. I have found a lot more people are out and about than was once the case. This is truly beautiful, I am such a fan of your work. Thank you for sharing so generously.

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