When Deb and I were driving back to Watertown on the day we did Lacey and Matt’s engagement session, I remember driving by this tree and saying, “That’s an amazing tree.” And so, before I ended my session north of town a few days ago (that resulted in the two previous posts) I stopped by this tree and took several photos. I ended up liking this one, largely because of the way the stark monotone of the skeletal tree contrasts with the strong colors of the earth and sky.
There is a bit of a back story to this photo. I took this photo on the morning of August 11. Three days later, I was packing my camera gear and discovered that my beloved Canon 24-105 4.0L lens was missing. I searched the house. Twice. No lens. I opened Aperture on my computer to find the last photo I had taken with the lens. It was of this tree. I concluded that I had left the lens exactly where I had taken it off – sitting on top of a fence post. (I used my 70-200 telephoto lens so I could try to blur the background.)
I drove north of town feeling pretty confident that I would find the lens. After all, this spot is fairly remote and I didn’t think the country road would have had much traffic. I also imagined that the lens would blend in, looking like part of the post.
And from an eighth of a mile away, I could see the lens. But it didn’t look like part of the fencing – it looked like a lens. Fortunately, it hadn’t rained and there had been little dew over the three days that it sat on the post. And, aside from a fine layer of dust on the filter (no, I hadn’t put on the lens cap), the lens was pretty much as I had left it. Lucky me!