The Art of Trees II

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Hiking Trail / Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve, Los Osos, California

Hiking Trail / Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve, Los Osos, California

I seem to be drawn to trees this year. While staying at The Madonna Inn recently in San Luis Obispo I debated where to photograph in the morning. The obvious spots such as Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay initially came to mind but then I remembered the nice little oaks forest in neighboring Los Osos. Given that it was a cloudless morning I figured it would be a nice time to shoot some coast live oak tree scenes before sunrise when the light was still soft and shadowless. I had been to this forest before but under less-than-ideal lighting conditions so this was my chance for redemption.

Los Osos State Natural Reserve is a rather small park but is a visual feast for nature photographers. What I like about photographing trees and forests is that there are an infinite variety of compositions that can be had. Sunrise and sunset photos all start to feel the same after you have photographed a certain number of them but when I explore a forest it always feels fresh to me each time. I like the creative challenge of making order out of chaos.

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