I love the traditional landscape shot with a foreground, middle ground and background but every now and then I like playing with those elements in new ways. Don’t get me wrong finding that perfect combination that sums up the entire story of what you’re seeing is something that i can’t always find but it is sure is great. Personally one of the best ways I feel to tell the story is with a road in the image. A dirt road always seems to symbolize the never ending journey out west, always another place to go and another thing to go see. As you can see, I find these shots everywhere and I enjoy them. But one thing I keep playing with, especially up here in Montana, is the Cottonwoods.
Back home in California I would be doing this with Aspen trees, and I still do when I find a good grove up here, but man I love the patterns the branches make with Cottonwood trees. You can do so much with so little it amazes me. Now when I first saw this image (above), my mind first went to another photographer and educator, Julianne Kost. Something about this grove caught me eye and I was entranced. I swore I was looking at a grove of trees she planted just to mess with my head. I love those patterns that occur in nature. they just fascinate me.