Arboretum Virtualis | XVII
When my wife and I drove from Canada to South Carolina, we ran into an arborist in Myrtle Beach. I told him that Spanish moss was on my list of things to photograph. He responded by telling me to take as much as I needed with me. Well, South Carolinians may be tired of the moss hanging off of their trees but it doesn’t get old for me.
I didn’t physically take any moss home. I wouldn’t dare try to get that past customs officials. I, nevertheless, did succeed in making this HDR composition out of 19 photos shot in Myrtle Beach State Park. The evening was setting in, and I was really drawn to how the fiery sunlight filtered through the scant amounts of moss that hung on what I believe was a very tall oak that I am not familiar with. Plus, other elemental conditions of the natural environment, like the humidity bleached sky, provided me with an opportunity to create an image out of part of the forest canopy that is just slightly abstract and expressionist.
Focussing on these visual elements allowed me to experimentally direct attention away from the good earth, which is rare for a landscape.