As with my previous post, this photograph was made last Sunday on my Earth Day return to nearby Merced River Canyon, my home for 20 years. I love the change of seasons there, but the spring season is my favorite. Many seasons, the flowers start blooming in February, and finally all turns brown in May. Besides the flowers, the river is exhilarating in its moods, especially during the high waters of spring. In my El Portal home, I could see the river from my living room only in the height of the spring runoff. Its rumbling sound was very loud, and soothing, at night.
I had never photographed this tree before, but noticed these branches on Sunday while zooming past on the road. The sun was too harsh at the time to stop, but I made note of it for later. A few hours later, we returned as the sun was about to go down. I worked with this composition for about one hour, taking many variations. There was about 10-15 minutes when the light became warm as it passed behind a cloud on the horizon. I positioned myself for good spacing of the branches, and so the glow in the sky reflected off the water. I tried several shutter speeds in order to ge the best sharpness in the branches and sense of motion in the river.
I’ve made many images in the Merced River Canyon over the years, and one of my favs was of a special tree overhanging the river. Below is my favorite redbud image from the MRC. This tree is now gone, damaged by the 1997 flood and subsequent road repair.
I love my new Redbud image. Which do you prefer?