An Enchanted Twilight ~ Phantasmagoria
Before I begin my retelling of how “An Enchanted Twilight” came to be I have other news to share. First, it was brought to my attention yesterday that the location where both “Whisper” and “An Enchanted Twilight” were shot was ravaged by the chemical pesticide Rodeo. What was a blanket of lush green grass and beautiful golden flowers just one month ago is now brown and dead. Most alarming is that this was done in the location of a nest of Great Horned Owls and a known habitat for Bald Eagles. This news left me deeply saddened, and disgusted. You can read the full article here. I also have other, more pleasant news. I have entered 4 pieces into the Grand Prix de la Découverte an international fine art photography juried competition. Included in my submission was “Timekeeper”, “An Enchanted Twilight” and two other pieces I have not written about yet, but can be viewed here. I will not find out if I made it into the final round of judging until mid July, but I will share the results with you once I know them. And now on to the story behind “An Enchanted Twilight”.
When I think back on how this image first came to be I am reminded of a quote by Bob Ross “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” I will not lie to you by saying I went out in the woods that day with a picture for “An Enchanted Twilight” firmly in my head, knowing how I would shoot it. There was no planning involved, and it was a most happy accident. Jeni and I had already shot at many locations in the Metroparks that day, the very same day I shot “Whisper”, and the sun was beginning its slow decent to the horizon. There was one last location we wanted to check out before we called it a day. Jeni was walking well ahead of me, she was much more familiar with this area, and the last location was her idea. Now those who know me well, know that I am easily distracted. As we were walking down the riverbed this one tree caught my eye, its root system a beautiful weave leading my eye to the water. I had to have a picture of it! So there I am, taking picture after picture of what I am sure is the “coolest” tree I have ever seen and Jeni just kept on walking. That is when it happened, the wind picked up, the veil Jeni was still holding in her hand began to dance drawing my attention away from the tree as a shiver went down my spine. Now I was taking picture after picture of Jeni walking away from me the veil trailing behind like a ghost on the wind. It was completely unplanned perfection and I knew in my soul that I had been allowed by the fates to capture something truly special that day.