Trees don’t usually like to have their feet in water, but sometimes they can tolerate it for short periods. This alder must have its roots underwater for at least two months every spring.
I noticed this tree as I was leading a workshop group around Happy Isles, and was surprised that no one else was photographing it. Finding one member of my group upstream, I asked him if he’d seen this tree. He said yes, but thought that the background was too busy. I thought about this and realized that he was referring to the opposite bank of the river behind the top of the tree. I said, “But Richard, you don’t have to include the whole tree.” He literally slapped his hand against his forehead and said, “Duh!”
So Richard learned a lesson in composition. No, you don’t have to include the whole tree, or the whole anything - just the most interesting part. We both photographed the tree—minus the top.
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