Arc of Life

In the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National park, more than 100 inches of rain fall every year. Every natural surface is covered with vegetation. There are plants growing on top of other plants, and more plants growing on top of those. Tree branches often get so heavy with moss and leaves and form that they bend under the weight and form arches like these.

I find it very difficult to compose in a forest because things are so close together. They are often too cluttered. In this photograph, I attempted to isolate the arching branches by using an uniform but contrasting background of similarly sized vertical trees. I had to wander around in the forest to find this composition. I took this shot in between rain showers, when the soft, overcast light made the spring leaves glow.

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