One of my favourite places to walk in Cornwall is along the River Camel. While I tend to be lukewarm on walking as a hobby – it’s like cycling, but slower – the one thing that will always get me lacing up my boots and racing out the door is the potential for great photos. I’ve already written about the difficulties of forest photography, as the strong green tint and diffused light tend to obscure details and make my photos a green, hazy mass of leaves. It’s not the best representation of nature. But after some tight editing, where you bring out the pink tones, emphasise the details and make the green plants pop, nature photographs have become some of my favourites. Our standard meander along the river in Cornwall is under a thick forest canopy, full of twisted logs, fallen trees, vines, a plethora of plant species and bridges made of tree trunks. It’s cool. I tend to get left behind when we walk here, as I spend an unreasonable amount of time photographing wild mushrooms, white ferns and my own feet on the ground.
Nature photographs make me happy with their vitality. There’s something about all those bright greens and gnarly fallen trees that makes any forest or wood a playground for my camera. Here are some photos from wandering along the river in Cornwall, obsessing about leaves and logs and matching my welly boots to the plants in enough different combinations.
(I did just realise that the river itself is only vaguely visible in one of the photos. There was a river nearby. Clearly, the forest was just more captivating.)