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The Spring Forest

As I have complained about here before, creating compelling visual imagery of a forest is a challenge.  It’s not that forests aren’t visually interesting or fascinating in and of themselves.  Increasingly I’ve come to believe that there’s just too darn much going on.  So what you can do?  One approach, to  focus on chunks rather than the whole thing.  That’s what I’ve tried to do here.  We had the chance to visit a wonderful forest fully engaged in springtime a few weeks back, The Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.  This is a wonderful working forest that borders squam lake. There were quite a few more birch trees than I’m used to seeing, which was a refreshing change from a photographic standpoint.  Now you’re definitely going to have to click on the images to appreciate the site.  Remember I’m simplifying here, so help me out.

As is the case for most of our forests, this was once farmland.

It is now largely utilized by the community for recreation and spiritual matters.  The trails are in terrific shape.  It has other jobs to do as well.

Just below this scene is an active loading area for logs.  Harvesting on a sustainable basis is taking place here on behalf of the owners, the New England Forestry Foundation.  The forest will survive I’m betting, in part because it’s got a job to do.  It’s been going on for some time.

For those who may have seen enough forest after a mile or so, there is a payoff at the end of the trail.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sandra #

    Beautiful … and hopeful.

    May 19, 2011
  2. Hi James. Nice pano shots of the Spring forest and, yes, it is quite a challenge. Many people have trouble with this subject and there are a few photographers who pursue this and with great success. An acquaintance of mine did a blog post that you might find interesting. It’s a nice read and , I hope, of some encouragement.

    http://www.magichourunplugged.com/2010/12/21/seeing-the-trees-and-the-forest/

    May 21, 2011
  3. jameshuntphotography #

    Thanks! This is a great resource. Readers of my blog interested in tree photography should hit the link. This is a very comprehensive discussion of the issues, and beyond. Hope all is well!

    May 25, 2011

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