Zen Some

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I was deep into the upper portion of The Gorge trail in Cuyahoga Falls’ Metro Park, when I came upon some rocks and fallen trees covered in moss.

This one, tiny scene stood out in my mind. It looks as though someone may have stacked the rocks – maybe they had the same thought I had from looking at it?

I would have much preferred using something to stabilize myself, but with the lens I had, the distance to the subject and the other conditions of the trail would have meant a rather long setup time without 100% insurance that I’d still get what I wanted.

I ended up kneeling on the rocks and dirt, scrunching myself up into a ball, twisting my head and trying to shake as little as possible.

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Ivy Fence

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Another shot taken at Wingfoot Lake State Park near Suffield, Ohio – home of the Goodyear Blimp!

This guy was seemingly growing out of a tiny corner above a steep bank between the water and a pavilion. This white picket fence had a lot of character and I loved how this more basic shot came out. I played for a long time with other shots and lighting to try to go for something more unique and “awe-inspiring”, but in the end I think I was just trying to hard. This simpler shot is the right shot – I think.

I’ve been trying to stay aware of when I might be trying too hard as I grow in my photography. It’s still such a personal thing for me, but I also realize the more I do it, the more I go out with other people, deal with time-frames and other limitations. I want to keep everything in balance.

Deciduous Forest

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Another great location in Quail Hollow State Park, Ohio. These are deciduous trees. They lose their leaves during part of the year. We most-commonly see this in Fall, when leaves change color and fall from the branches, but this is late August.

Some trees actually lose their leaves during warm or dry seasons to conserve water. You can read more at the Quail Hollow State Park site.

This forest was man-made; the trees were purposefully planted in long rows, many years ago.