This tree once stood tall and provided shelter and possibly food to many of its forest companions. Seeing it laying, lifelessly in the water reminded me of the simple truth of mortality. Not in a morbid or depressing way, just as an immutable law of nature. Keeping that in mind, we should all live each moment to its fullest.
This tree, which I now know is a sycamore, is one my favorites. I see it often when I walk along the river. It’s stark, white branches majestically loom over the river and stand out from the green foliage.
I merged two separate exposures of this tree to create an HDR image. I under exposed one shot to keep the sky darker and used a “properly” exposed image for the reflections in the river.
I merged two separate exposures to produce an HDR image that retained some foreground color but kept the sky from being washed out.