This post is in response to a landscape photo challenge. I hope you enjoy the photos as well as what I was trying to express when they were taken. Let me know your thoughts.
This is a photo of the southern end of Bear Lake on the Utah/Idaho border. I used the detail of the grasses in the foreground with the very tall pine trees in the middle to show perspective. The deep blue of the lake contrasts nicely with the haze on the lower horizon and the deeper blue of the sky above.
Here is a picture of Grand Teton in the national park of the same name. The trees in the foreground were meant to mirror the peaks in the background, with the single tall conifer balanced against the high peak with the other trees mirroring the small peak directly behind. So, we have perspective, contrast, and mirroring.
This is still Grand Teton National Park. I wanted to “frame” the picture between the trees. I hoped this would lead the eye from the tree on the left to the peak of the mountain, down its channeled slopes and into the lake below.
Here is a landscape where the trees are vertical but the horizon is not. This adds tension to the photo from Yellowstone National Park, where even the ground you walk on is unsure if it is going to hold steady. The geyser blowing in the center background would normally be the focus of this type of picture, but I wanted it to be just another element in a bizarre landscape where life barely holds on by a thread.
Also from Yellowstone National Park, this waterfall embodies the power of nature, discarding tree trunks at its base like so many pickup sticks. There is a definite flow of vision from top right to bottom left in conjunction with the flow of the water. The eye naturally ends up at the dryer tree trunks on the far right, leaning up against the cliff. They ask the question “Was I thrown here by the water or did I fall from above?”