I don’t think there’s any natural environment that’s so obviously beautiful to the naked eye but more difficult to photograph than a forest. Perhaps it’s the fact that forest scenes are so intrinsically cluttered that makes them such a difficult subject. Chaos is the norm, with wild tangles of branches and undergrowth complicating any attempt at an organized composition.
One thing that seems to soften the chaotic details of a forest and bring some sense of order to the madness is mist. Repeating foreground shapes become more apparent as the backdrop of endless trees and branches fade into a supporting role context.
This latest effort at forest photography was made on an appropriately misty morning in Roane County, WV. I’m not entirely convinced as to how well this image really works, but I do know that it would have been destined for the digital dustbin if it weren’t for the misty conditions.