A tree on the floodplain

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The Foster Floodplain, until the recent heavy rains, had a tree I liked a lot. Every time I’d go out there with a camera I’d take a picture, trying to sort of … solve it, I guess. I could see a picture, but I couldn’t get the conditions I needed to get the picture. Too much foliage, light wasn’t right, couldn’t separate it from the background. Just about two years ago I got my best picture of it on a foggy morning. It still wasn’t quite right, and I kept looking for the moment. A few weeks ago, I kind of got close a second time.

This week, after heavy floods, I went back to the floodplain and the tree was gone. I guess it finally toppled in the flooded ground. I don’t think I ever solved it, but I did love it very much.

“Once we recognize that all things are impermanent, we have no problem enjoying them.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

Monochrome. A dead tree against a misty background.

Color. A dead tree against a misty background.