Spring is my favorite time of the year. The landscape comes alive and is painted in beautiful lime green as deciduous trees begin to leaf out. As the weeks progress and spring turns to summer, those leaves will darken in color. Still beautiful, but to me there is something magical about the first lush, lime greens of the season.
The image pictured here was made in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. It had been a cold start to the season and snow had fallen the day before; I was wondering what I’d find when I made my way into the park on this late-April day. Not to worry! Though some of the trees were just budding, many leaves had completely unfurled.
Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through the park. It offers wonderful views of the gentle mountainsides, the Shenandoah Valley to the west, and the Piedmont to the east. It runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail. Access to most of the 500 miles of hiking trails within the park is provided via the Drive.
I scoured the southern section of the park looking for an interesting composition. I’d spent some time already at this location, but the light needed to improve before I’d know if it would work. Returning later in the afternoon, as the sun dipped lower in the sky and danced in and out of cumulus clouds which had been building since mid-day, I had my opportunity. The combination of long shadows and dappled light accentuated the diagonal lines in this scene. The final touch was a “spotlight” of sorts in the lower left corner. Though the trees in that spot were actually the same shade of lime green as the others, the pop of intense light made them appear as if they were yellow.
There is plenty of geometry in nature if you look for it! The compelling photo isn’t always a “big landscape.” Sometimes it’s about shapes, or colors, or a combination of the two.
The image was used in our series of inspirational art.
Come and see what God has done. Indeed!
Stop by again next week for another “behind the image” back story.