"The Wicked Witch of the Northwest"

Posted by Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 12 June 2017 in Abstract & Conceptual.

This is a shot I captured months ago (October, 2016, to be exact), however, as is often the case for me, I may feel that a story lies somewhere within the scene, but I don't always figure that story out until quite some time later.

So, there I was, walking around a lake named "Cottage Lake" that was just large enough to be called a lake. There was a wooden walking path that wound its way around the thickets, shrubs, marshes, and pools, and I was enjoying the opportunities the boardwalk provided to get some"inside shots" to focus on spots that were "further back" i.e. "deeper" into a particular scene.

I spotted this tree, way back in a rather congested spot, but the shape of the tree really had an impact on me. I just HAD to do something with this scene! My immediate reaction was: "this looks like an old wicked witch all bent over!"

This scene stuck with me for months and the task of finishing the image to make it complete was waiting, as well. After many edits and deletions while retaining the original shot, I finally settled on the view that we have here. I wanted to retain the feelingI had in my mind and the sense that still lived in my imagination.

So that's the story! I hope you enjoy this "Wicked Witch" and all of her arthritic bends....(I can relate to the "arthritic" part ;-)

* " When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you
should sense." Kahlil Gibran.

- "To photograph is to hold ne's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

- Nature is not a place to visit, It is home."
- Gary Snyder.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues. The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

LONNIE LISTON SMITH:
EXPAND YOUR MIND TO UNDERSTAND

Nikon D800
1/250 second
F/5.6
ISO 720
210 mm (35mm equiv.)

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