“You snooze, you lose” is how the all-familiar saying goes. Though I did not actually snooze, by the time I actually decided to go out and shoot, the lingering fog from the previous day and well into the current day decided to finally burn off. Sure, it was 3:30 pm already, but I spend the day drinking coffee, editing photographs, feeding the wildlife in the backyard, and noticing how cold it was outside compared to being inside. Needless to say, ideas of finding rolling hills covered in fog were dashed once I noticed sunlight braking through for the first time all day.
Then I remembered a location just off the next freeway exit. It was the remains of a burned out home with still standing tall palm trees – the palm trees being a bit out of place here in the foothills – on top of a hill. The next property over is a pioneer cemetery dating back to the 1850’s. In the cemetery is where I located this tree trunk surrounded by a thick bed of grass and the filtered sunset light coming from the right.
One of the difficulties of this photograph during processing is deciding how to best contrast the tree against the grass. Both are of the same tone with mottled variations of green on the tree trunk. I had thought of monochrome, but the contrast was even less going that route, so back to color I went. Adjustment were made to the tree trunk to brighten it up a bit while making sure the sunlight hitting the right side of the trunk is noticeable.
Location Notes: Clarksville was initially established as a boarding house during the California Gold Rush boon in 1848 or 1849, reaching its zenith as a commercial hub for region by the mid 1850’s, before a slow decline due to railroads and eventually highways bypassing the town lead to the town becoming mostly a memory by the 1960’s. Some buildings still exist, including a Pony Express remount station (known as Mormon Station), and can be seen from Hwy 50 between El Dorado Hills Blvd. and drive up or down the grade/hill towards Bass Lake Road. The Clarksville Region Historical Society is dedicated to maintaining or restoring the remaining buildings while educating the public on a piece of the area’s past.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 28mm, f/8, 1 sec
Clarksville (CA), Forked Tree Trunk, Sunset, Grass. Clarksville, El Dorado County, CA. January 15, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.